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In 1402, St. Mary of Bethlehem, an asylum popularly known as Bedlam, opened to receive mental patients in England. The institution itself was founded in 1247 as a priory. The famous painting of Bedlam is by William Hogarth, 1735.

Ch 27 In St. Mary of Bethlehem, an asylum popularly known as Bedlam, opened to receive mental patients in England. The institution itself was founded in 1247 as a priory. The famous painting of Bedlam is by William Hogarth,

Dated 1761 Memento Mori of a carved wooden coffin, enclosing a skeleton in shroud, with ivory skull set behind glass. (Austria)

Dated 1761 Memento Mori of a carved wooden coffin, enclosing a skeleton in shroud, with ivory skull set behind glass.

Head and baby arms in the Mutter museum, Philadephia

The ravages of cholera, a disease of filth, as seen in Dirt: the filthy reality of everyday life.

A young Viennese woman, aged depicted before and after contracting cholera Coloured stipple engraving, In the Wellcome Library, London Collection

Here is an old photograph of an unidentified smallpox sufferer that comes from my copy of the 1910 medical textbook, “The Diagnosis of Smallpox” by Thomas Frank Ricketts. Smallpox was a highly contagious disease that caused lesions to form on the body and often resulted in severe scarring, blindness, and, in most cases, death. The World Health Organization declared smallpox to be officially eradicated in 1979.

Medical treatment was little more than crude guesswork, and totally out of reach of the poor. Epidemics of dysentery, smallpox, and typhus occured regularly. Water supplies were contaminated. Bathing (once feared as a method of spreading disease) was rare

Beautiful portraiture of the very first brain surgery patients

For more than three decades, two amazing relics of medical history lay rotting underneath a Yale University dorm—Dr. Harvey Cushing’s collection of brains, and his collection of patient photography

Eighteenth Century Midwife Training Mannequin

this extraordinary "machine" as it was called at the time was made by a midwife wishing to help enhance the midwifery skills in her part of France in the mid She was requested at court by Louis XV her name was Angelique-Marguerite de Courday