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The Sick Rose

Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration

Richard Barnett


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British Book Design and Production Awards: Book of the Year

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

This stunning volume, combining detailed illustrations of afflicted patients from some of the worlds rarest medical books, forms an unforgettable and profoundly human reminder of mankinds struggle with disease. Incorporating historic maps, pioneering charts and contemporary case notes, Richard Barnett’s evocative overview reveals the fears and obsessions of an era gripped by epidemics.

Praise for The Sick Rose

“A transfixing, sublime collection of portraits of the highest art.”
Helen Rumbelow, The Times
“Superbly erudite and lucid.”
Will Self, The Guardian
“[A] trove of extraordinary illustrations.”
The Independent
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