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George IV's Shampooing Surgeon

1822

Shampooing Surgeon

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    In 1822, Sake Dean Mahomed published his medical work, Shampooing; or Benefits resulting from the use of the Indian medicated vapour bath. Mahomed, a soldier in the East India Company’s Bengal Regiment had first come to Ireland in 1784 with Captain Baker. In London in 1810, he established the Hindostanee Coffee House at 34 George Street, the first restaurant run by an Indian.

     

    In 1814 he moved to Brighton, a growing town at the time. Here he set up Mahomed’s Baths, treating patients with muscular ailments with a massage or champi after a steaming bath of Indian herbs and oils. Mahomed’s successful cure made him famous and patients flocked to his Baths.

     

    In 1822, King George IV appointed him his personal ‘Shampooing Surgeon’, a post he continued to hold under William IV.

     

    Shelfmark: T 12646

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