Stories

The Outsiders

Six people, six illnesses, six different places and times. United by one story about how our response to infectious diseases – like syphilis, bubonic plague and cholera – is shaped by social forces.

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A young Viennese woman, aged 23, depicted before and after contracting cholera
A young Viennese woman, aged 23, depicted before and after contracting cholera, Coloured stipple engraving, Italy (1831?). © Wellcome Collection. CC BY.

About the author

Photograph of Anna Faherty

Anna Faherty

@mafunyane

Anna Faherty is a writer and lecturer who collaborates with museums on an eclectic range of exhibition, digital and print projects. She is the author of the ‘Reading Room Companion’ and the editor of ‘States of Mind’, both published by Wellcome Collection.