Who was Dr. McDowell?

The College

The Cave

The Ghosts

The Mark Twain Connection

The Mad Doctor and the Civil War

Body Preservation

Grave Robbing

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"The body of this poor child was put in a copper cylinder filled with alcohol, and this suspended in one of the dismal avenues of the cave."

-Autobiography of Mark Twain

Everyone knew there was something wrong with Dr. Joseph Nash McDowell. What was he doing wiithin the fortress known as McDowell College?

Who was he?



Grave robber?

Brilliant surgeon?


And did ghosts truly walk the chilly halls of the college?

Do they still?

Delve into the macabre world of St. Louis's Dr. Joseph Nash McDowell, a man so loathed by the public that he wore body armor, so idolized by his students that they would do anything for him. Anything...

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