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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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Company of undertakers, The
Hogarth, William, 1697-1764, English, artist
Digital Object
Company of undertakers, The
Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine; MMC 81
28.5 x 22 cm.
still image

Materials Type
etching (printing process)
caricatures ;  doctors

Attribution: "Invented by W. Hogarth"

Inscription: On recto of image: Beareth sable, an Urinal proper, between 12 Quack-Heads of the second & 12 Cane Heads or, Consultant. On a Chief Nebulæ, ermine, one compleat Doctor issuant, checkie sustaining in his right hand a baton of the second. On his dexter & sinister sides two Demi-Doctors, issuant of the second, & two Cane-Heads issuant of the third; the first having one eye conchant, towards the dexter side of the escocheon; the second Faced per pale proper & gules, guardent. With this motto -- Et plurima mortis imago.

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