Mike Jay

Mike Jay has written extensively on the cultural history of science, medicine, drugs, madness and politics.

  • The Influencing Machine

    The Influencing Machine

    James Tilly Matthews and The Air Loom

    Mike Jay

    A revised and updated edition of this weird science classic.

    Confined in Bedlam in 1797 as an incurable lunatic, James Tilly Matthews' case is one of the most bizarre in the annals of psychiatry. He was the first person to insist that his mind was being controlled by a machine: the Air Loom, a terrifying secret weapon whose mesmeric rays and mysterious gases were brainwashing politicians and plunging Europe into revolution, terror and war.

    But Matthews' case was even stranger than his doctors realised: many of the incredible conspiracies in which he claimed to be involved were entirely real. Caught up in high-level diplomatic intrigues in the chaos of the French revolution, he found himself betrayed by both sides, and in possession of a secret that no-one would believe.

    • Paperback $17.95 £14.99
  • Medical London

    Medical London

    Richard Barnett and Mike Jay

    A stunningly-presented guide to London's past that charts the many roles that diseases, treatments and cures have played in the city's sprawling story—and how London, in turn, has shaped the professions and practices of modern medicine.

    A unique, stunningly-presented guide to London's past and a treasure trove of information for historians, residents, medical professionals and tourists, Medical London charts the many roles that diseases, treatments and cures have played in the city's sprawling story. It also reveals how London, in turn, has shaped the professions and practices of modern medicine.

    Medical London comprises three parts:

    A volume of essays exploring some of the threads that medicine has woven through London life, from its earliest beginnings to the multicultural metropolis of today: its roles in contagion and sanitation, in wealth and its consumption, in empire and immigration, in pleasure and in madness.

    A definitive guide to London's medical landscape: its museums and hospitals, its grand monuments and secret corners, and the characters and events that lie behind them.

    Six elegantly designed maps for self-guided walks, from Daniel Defoe's Plague Year wanderings to the druggists of Soho's night haunts, the homeopaths of bohemian Chelsea to the naval surgeons of maritime Greenwich.

    Published in collaboration with Wellcome Collection.

    • Hardcover $29.95 £25.00