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The Sick Rose: Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration

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Forgotten the title or the author of a book? Our BookSleuth is specially designed for you. Visit BookSleuth Hence, the design expressed by Blake has also been construed as having sexual allusions. Its subject is copulation. Based on Freudian psychoanalysis, the rose can be deemed as the feminine and the worm as male. These representations, or the scheme following them, blend concealed feelings of offensiveness and harsh reprimand, culpability and coercion. These emotions of shyness are in fact associated with sexual understanding particularly in the adolescent psyche.

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The feet of an infant with hereditary syphilis, showing the skin covered in pustules. Photograph: Wellcome Library, London Left: A man with a large pendant hip tumour. Right: A man with a large pendant face tumour. Lam QuaEverything rendered here from cholera—depicted in eerie teals—to gout—with massive orblike tumors throbbing beneath the skin—is as aesthetically arresting as it is off-putting. If you’re the kind of person who guiltily sneaks off to watch a zit popping or a deworming video on YouTube, wondering what’s wrong with you, this is the book for you. The earliest years of what would become modern medicine were remarkable in the lengths these 'Resurrectionists' went to in obtaining corpses for study. Doctors functioning under the influence of dangerously obsessive desires, be they purely for intellectual enlightenment and eventual renown, or something far more perverse, created a dark and ugly industry... and in 18th and 19th century Europe, that's really saying something. The worm has found out the bed of the rose. It is the place of crimson, warm joy. Crimson joy may denote physical, earthly pleasure which provides warmth but ultimately brings spiritual destruction and death.

The Sick Rose: Or; Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration

The Worm- The image of the worm echoes the biblical serpent. Worms are inclined to earthbound, so they symbolize death, decay and destruction. It's the color plates that are the main part of the book. Genuine color plates used for medical training, some are people who have been infected others are taken from dissected parts. The cover of the book is a twenty three year old woman who has been infected with Cholera for only an hour. First of all, there is the origin of the corpses to dissect and portray. At first, they came from the gallows. Starting in 1752, the sentence for murder in English courts included indeed public dissection. Body snatchers would supply corpses of pregnant women and foetus and any extra cadaver if needed. The 1832 Anatomy Act, however, abolished the dissection of executed criminals but allowed anatomy schools to use the body of anyone who had died unclaimed in hospitals. Which means that it was no longer crime that lead you to the dissection table, it was poverty.It’s hard, maybe impossible at this great remove to truly appreciate a pre-photography world. It’s like trying to imagine a world where the only way to experience music was to hear it live.

A Short Analysis of William Blake’s ‘The Sick Rose’ A Short Analysis of William Blake’s ‘The Sick Rose’

Diffused and spotted pulmonary apoplexy in a tubercular lung, drawn by Berhari Lal Das at the Medical College of Calcutta in 1906. Photograph: St Bartholomew’s Hospital ArchiveThe illustrations are beautifully reproduced. Unfortunately, the text is, more often than not, dry and academic, and almost entirely focused on snippets of medical practices rather than the illustrators and illustrations. It's great to see beautiful samples of Kanda Gensen's textured paper prints and Lam Qua's paintings, but Gensen and Qua are only briefly mentioned in captions. I'm certainly more interested in Gensen's techniques, than in (say) the well-known historical use of mercury to treat venereal diseases. It's also laborious to match the illustrations with the sources.

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