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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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Tabitha Grunt, or the walking hospital
Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878, English, artist
Digital Object
Tabitha Grunt, or the walking hospital
Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine; MMC 99
Creation Date
22 x 25cm.
still image

Materials Type
etching (printing process)
caricatures ;  doctors ;  sick persons

Medical Education and Practice

Domestic Medicine

Inscription: Verse on recto of image: Im loaded with ev'ry disease, it is true / Can sympathize justly with any of you / Who may have the Gout, Spasms, Gamp or what not / As ev'ry disorder, I've certainly got; / Some call me a Pest as I walk in the Street / And they fly like a Bird, lest e'er we should meet / Young Miss's indeed, who may wish to be thin / Accept of an augue they'll soon be but skin; / My natural temper, is generous breath / I'll dispose of complaints, to keep off my Death / The number I bear, can dispense with a few / You're welcome to all, Sweet Miss's adieu! ; On recto of image: Publish's July 24, 1813, by Ja's Whittle, & Rich'd H. Laurie, Fleet Street, London.

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