The Sick Rose

Disease and the art of medical illustration

Richard Barnett

Book cover of The Sick Rose by Richard Barnett

[An] incredible book

Helen Rumbelow, Times

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 brings together detailed illustrations of afflicted patients from some of the world's rarest medical books to create a profoundly human reminder of mankind's 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.

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Richard Barnett

Richard Barnett is a writer, teacher and broadcaster on the cultural history of science and medicine. He is Director of Studies in History for the Pembroke-King’s Programme at the University of Cambridge, and honorary research fellow at UCL.