In The Sick Rose: Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration, Richard Barnett collects up the 19th-century examples of medical illustrations commissioned by physicians, surgeons, and anatomists who built collaborated with artists, craftsmen, and publishers in their production. A brief introductory article to the book, along with some great images, are online at Wired magazine.


Gouache paintings of tumor patients commissioned in 1835 by the American physician Peter Parker, who opened a hospital in the Chinese city of Canton. The painter is Lam Qua. Image: D.A.P.


Images of small pox. Image: