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

Documenting the gruesome reality of disease and treatment in an era before colour photography, The Sick Rose features some of the world’s rarest and most evocative medical illustrations. This is in short one of the most interesting and thought-provoking books ever produced.


Witness the symptoms of Lyme disease, smallpox and leprosy on stricken patients, or the hourly toll of cholera on a beautiful socialite - just a few of the illnesses that plagued the world before our time, captured in terrifying detail in this visual tour.


Winner of the 2014 British Book Design and Production Award, this compelling book is a profound reminder of humanity’s struggle against disease, and a global bestseller. Beautifully bound and presented, it blurs the border between high art and science - and not for the faint-hearted: be warned.

  • by Richard Barnett
  • suitable for adults
  • album
  • illustrations from some of the world’s rarest medical books
  • 256 pages
  • 17.2x2.9x24.9cm


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