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ReadThisThing (Nov 29th, 2017)

Known for her temper and brash demeanor (as well as her drinking), Sally [Mapp] often got into fights with her father as she got older. According to a short account of her life in the 1824 book 'The Cabinet of Curiosities: Or, Wonders of the World Displayed,' it was after one such row that she struck out on her own, taking the skills she’d learned and starting her own traveling practice. Leaning into her reputation for bombastic behavior, she operated under the name “Cracked Sally—the One and Only Bone-setter.”

She was a hard-living, foul-mouthed woman who had a peculiar gift for shoving bones back into place (long before orthopedics was a legitimate medical practice). The only images left of Sally Mapp are unflattering caricatures, but she definitely made a lasting impression. 

Read: The Rapid Rise and Spectacular Fall of London’s Greatest Bonesetter

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