The Sick Rose…
Medical Illustration of Diseases and Decay

Last week when I was researching Dr. Richard Barnett’s book Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles & Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery, I came across another book of medical illustration he had curated called The Sick Rose: Disease and The Art of Medical Illustration. While his book of surgical illustrations was morbidly enjoyable, The Sick Rose is outright disgusting, rancid and amazing! You can feel the pain and suffering emanating from the page, and who doesn’t love a good leprosy illustration? These are gorgeous pieces of art, with some of the worst subject matters you can imagine.

 

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Head, shoulders, and hands of a baby suffering from hereditary syphilis. Lithograph by Franz Mracek, published in Atlas of Syphilis and the Venereal Diseases, 1898.
Head, shoulders, and hands of a baby suffering from hereditary syphilis. Lithograph by Franz Mracek, published in Atlas of Syphilis and the Venereal Diseases, 1898.

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Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images
Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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Logan Angeline

Logan Angeline
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You know me so well

Michael Anthony Ayala
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Bought this book a while back, my chihuahua chewed one of the corners after like 2 days. I’m still mad at her.

Emiliano Ferazzini
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got it, and “Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles & Practice of Nineteenth-Century” too. it’s by the same publisher, it came out a couple of months ago

Phoebe Sofia Matich
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What are all those fetid tongues supposed to be afflicted with?

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Anyone has a pdf copy?

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i have this book

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<3

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Do want

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These are beautiful!

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I kinda want to buy a copy of the book. 😊

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Mooi was die tijd

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Wout Santermans vies nice!

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Haha wtf!

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fuck

Kat Sinclaire
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The blue skin one is me IRL

“So sicka your shit”

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It’s a great book.

Chris Gonzales
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Very interesting, indeed!!!

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that swollen boob made me cringe..

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Libraco, Daniel. Check this outttt.

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Fantastic article.

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