The Sick Rose

The Sick Rose

Or; Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration

  1. Richard Barnett
  • ISBN 9780500517345
  • 24.00 x 17.00 cm
  • Quarterbound/PLC (no jacket)
  • 256pp
  • 354 Illustrations, 345 in colour
  • First published 2014

A beautifully gruesome and strangely enthralling visual tour through disease in an age before colour photography

‘It’s a transfixing, sublime collection of portraits of the highest art’ – The Times
‘Astonishing images of the dissected and diseased … superbly erudite and lucid accompanying text … Here we see unpacked the mortal elements of many anonymous individuals – and by extension our own’ – Will Self, The Guardian
‘Appalling, if brilliantly rendered …. A fascinating book, albeit only for those with strong stomachs’ – Nature
‘A fascinating, gruesome look at how the medical profession depicted afflictions before colour photography’ – The Big Issue

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The Sick Rose contents

Exquisitely detailed illustrations from some of the world’s rarest medical books form an unforgettable and profoundly human reminder of mankind’s age-old struggle with disease.

The Sick Rose (spread)

This evocative overview, incorporating historic maps, charts, medical instruments and case notes, reveals the fears and preoccupations of an era at the mercy of epidemics, infection and bodily decay.

Richard Barnett is an academic medical historian with a PhD in History of Medicine and is author of 'Medical London' and the 'Dedalus Book of Gin'. He received one of the first Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowships.

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