Sara Pennell and Nils Fietje journied to early modern London to explore an early public health scare - rabid dogs. Was this fear of rabies well-founded? If not, why did it take such deep root, and who profited from it?
The mystery object revealed at the event was a hand-written copy of 'An infallible Cure for the Bite of a Mad Dog, brought from Tonquin by Sir George Cobb, Baronet', c.1764. This was one of several famous remedies in the 18th century made popular by the press and personal recommendation, profitting from public hysteria and deep-seated fear of this particularly disturbing - and fatal - condition.
See the object
This single handwritten sheet is from the Wellcome Library's Archives and Manuscripts collection, reference MS.7019/2.
This event was recorded live at Wellcome Collection on 14 October 2012.