"Tapd 66 times". What did Dame Mary Page endure?
December 22, 2018 9:26 AM Subscribe
Dame Mary Page died in March 1728 at the age of 56, and is buried in In London's Bunhill Fields cemetery. "In 67 months she was tapd 66 times," her tomb's inscription tells us. "Had taken away 240 gallons of water without ever repining at her case or ever fearing the operation." What on earth was being done to this poor woman, what condition was it supposed to address, and is there even the slightest chance it wasn't doing more harm than good?