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Cholera Epidemics in the 19th Century

The Great Plague of London, 1665

The Boston Smallpox Epidemic, 1721

“Pestilence” and the Printed Books of the Late 15th Century

Spanish Influenza in North America, 1918–1919

Syphilis, 1494–1923

Tropical Diseases and the Construction of the Panama Canal, 1904–1914

Tuberculosis in Europe and North America, 1800–1922

The Yellow Fever Epidemic in Philadelphia, 1793

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Age of intellect, The
Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878, English, artist
Digital Object
Age of intellect, The
Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine; SA.M01.01
Creation Date
ca. 1832
9.5 x 13 cm.
still image

Materials Type
etching (printing process)
Materials Type
hand coloring
scientific apparatus and instruments ;  grandparent and child ;  caricatures ;  books ;  eggs

Public Health, 1800-1899

Medical Education and Practice

Inscription: Boy: You see Gran'ma, before you suck this egg, or, more properly speaking, before you extract the matter contained within this shell by suction; you must make an incision at the apex & a corresponding aperture at the base. ; Grandmother: Aye Dear! --how very clever!! --they only used to make a hole at each end in my time --well I declare, they are making improvments in everything!!

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