Charles Domery, The Glutton

In 1799, Doctor Thomas Cochrane, a surgeon at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, found in his care a man with the most unusual eating habits. The man, whose name was Charles Domery, had a voracious appetite, and would eat almost anything, including cats, dogs and rats, as well as candles and grass. While he was prisoner with the English at Liverpool, Domery shocked his captors by eating 16 pounds of raw cow's udder, raw beef and tallow candles and four bottles of porter, all of which he ate and drank without defecating, urinating, or vomiting.

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The Glutton, 1813, Thomas Rowlandson.


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