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Medical Illustrations

10 October, 2014

Ray Drainville

(That break was refreshing.)

Over at Thought Catalog, Mark Dery interviews Kim Carsons about 19th-century medical illustrations. It’s a fascinating subject, and particularly interesting when you see how different artists attempted to convey vital information over time. (The pre-19th-century Japanese example depicting smallpox is particularly interesting). I found the image of a woman who had contracted cholera fascinating. Supposedly within an hour, the disease ravaged her. I took the trouble of taking the ‘before-and-after’ imagery & combined them in an animated GIF.

Ray Drainville

This reminds me of searching for a flat to rent in Sheffield when we first moved here.

Luckily, there were no body-shaped stains on the ground. So far as I could tell.