My wife's comment upon hearing the description of Snapdragon was "why are there not college kids playing this all over?" A brief perusal of youtube makes it look fuckin' awesome.
It's worth noting that much victorian literature has a shit-ton of exaggeration built in, particularly when the author disapproves, so the whole "country bone setters" thing is kinda like Jimmy Swaggart talking about rock music. Remember - this is a culture without aspirin, antibiotics or germ theory. Injury was a bigger deal back then.