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A group of vaccinators leading a small-pocked woman form a procession past a university, with Death waving his scythe behind them; the members of the university doze in the foreground; attributing the decline of Germany in 19th century to vaccination and syphilis. Lithograph after C.G.G. Nittinger, 1856.

Nittinger, Carl Georg Gottlob.
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1856
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Credit: A group of vaccinators leading a small-pocked woman form a procession past a university, with Death waving his scythe behind them; the members of the university doze in the foreground; attributing the decline of Germany in 19th century to vaccination and syphilis. Lithograph after C.G.G. Nittinger, 1856. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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The procession in the middle is a familiar image borrowed from French vaccination caricatures of the early 19th century. Above the left hand statue, the triangular eye of God looks down on a dove carrying a sprig. A legend above reads: "Die Natur in der Medezin, Gott in der Natur". Around the central building of the "Academie Jennerismus" are statues of the "Kalb der Juden", the "Ross von Troja" anf the "Stier der Aegypter". At the pinnacle of the building there flies an owl with a quill in its beak. It is marked "Staats-Medezin". The buildings to the right are marked with types of criminal or types of illness and on the hill beyond a witches' sabbath is in full fling. The bottom of the print contains morbidity statistics from Germany and France

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Bern, Switzerland : R. Jenni, 1856.

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1 print : lithograph

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Der Sündenfall des XIX. Jahrhunderts, oder das vaccinatorische Hexenwerk ...

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 17876i

Lettering note

Lettering continues: ? Logik ? Psychologie ? pract ? Philosophie. Weltgeschichte. Kulturgeschichte/ Arithmetik ? Chemie ? Botanik ? Zoologie ? Theologie ? Dogmatik ? Pedagogie ? Privatrecht ? Staats u. Völkerrecht ? Technologie. Nationalokonomie ? Polizeiwissenschaft ? Methodologie ? Physiologie ? Anatomie ? Experimentalphysiologie ? Heilmittellehre ? Pathologie ? Therapie ? Toxicologie ??? Virusatio s. Infectioo purulenta - virosa - contagiosa gentium. Triumph der Vaccine über die Universitäten. [Under dozing heads of academics:] Professoren und Studenten der Universität schlafend auf Impf-Tabellen. [Left-hand column:] Virus des Weibs. Syphilisation. Wien. München. Berlin. Prag. Bonn. Leipzig. Breslau. Tübingen. Würzburg. Goettingen. Heidelberg. Halle. Erlangen. Jena. [At bottom of column, the 'Impfteufel' holds a box reading 'Dr. Jenēr'; the legend next to him reads:] Die Impfung schüzt und schadet nicht! [Parallel to this column is a 'Barometer der Nation' marked with degrees. Between the numbers 27 and 28 is the word 'schön'; the mercury has rested at 26, between 'Tübingen' and 'Breslau' [Right-hand column:] Virus der Kuh. Vaccination. Giesen. Grätz. Königsberg. Freiberg. Münster. Bern. Olmütz. Marburg. In̄sbruck. Greifswald. Zürich. Kiel. Rostock. Basel. [At bottom of column, an angel marked 'Lotte' gesticulates to the crowd; the legend next to her reads:] Flieht ! Der Impfstoff ist Virus Koth Contagion. Parallel to this column is a 'Thermometer der Nation' marked with degrees of 'Blutwarme'. The mercury has stopped at 22, next to Olmütz'] [On pedestal of statue of Hygieia and Aesculapius:] Fi! meineidige Wissenschaft! Nur ein Teufel. Nur ein Bileam. Nur die Gewalt. Nur der Aberglaube kann eine Chi...rgift Virus, impfen! [On the wagon:] Lues Vaccinatoria. Cholera nostra Schwindsucht Geisteskrankh. Typhus Orthopädie. Nervenfieber Scrofeln Gichter etc. Centripetales Gift. [A rider marked 'Dr. Judas' holds out a lancet, saying:] In diesem Zeichen wirst du Gott deinen Herrn. besiegen! [Another holds a banner with the legend:] Das ungiftige Gift. [At bottom of print:] Deutschland's normale Sterbeziffer: 1:36-38. Württembergs Sterbeziffer im gros̈sten Blatternjahr 1754. = 1:31, 2. dieselbe im Jahr 1854= 1:30, 7. "Zur Rechtfertigung der Geringheit der Bevölkerung bieten die natürlichen Verhältnisse des Landes keine Motive dar. Die Ursache dieser widernatürlichen Erscheinung bis auf ihren Ursprung zurück zu verfolgen, sollte für Jeden eine der höchsten Aufgaben seyn, um einen Krebsschaden zu beseitigen, der langsam aber unwiderbringlich die Zahl, die Arbeits- und Wehrkraft der Bevölkerung abschwächt". Statistique de la France, Tom. XVI. Von Syphilis, Vaccine schreibt das Todtenbuch nichts

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