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"From Death's Grasp to Healing Hands: A Journey through Illness" In the somber painting "Young Woman on her Death Bed, 1621

Background imageIllness Collection: Sleeping sickness parasite

Sleeping sickness parasite
Sleeping sickness. Artwork of a trypanosome (Trypanosoma brucei) moving past human red blood cells in the blood. This protozoan is the cause of sleeping sickness (African trypanosomiasis)

Background imageIllness Collection: Young Woman on her Death Bed, 1621 (oil on canvas)

Young Woman on her Death Bed, 1621 (oil on canvas)
XIR16820 Young Woman on her Death Bed, 1621 (oil on canvas) by Flemish School, (17th century); 79x111 cm; Musee des Beaux-Arts, Rouen, France; (add.info.: Jeune Femme sur son Lit de Mort; ); Flemish

Background imageIllness Collection: Jesus Healing The Sick

Jesus Healing The Sick
Colorized print shows Jesus as he heals a sick child held in the arms of a woman as others, in varying degrees of distress, await their turn

Background imageIllness Collection: Shotley Bridge General Hospital, County Durham

Shotley Bridge General Hospital, County Durham
Aerial view of Shotley Bridge Hospital, County Durham. It was originally opened by the Gateshead Union in 1912 as a TB sanatorium (far right of picture)

Background imageIllness Collection: Deaths Dispensary. An 1866 cartoon indicating water pollution as a source of disease

Deaths Dispensary. An 1866 cartoon indicating water pollution as a source of disease
POLLUTION CARTOON, 1866. Deaths Dispensary. An 1866 cartoon indicating water pollution as a source of disease

Background imageIllness Collection: Gastrointestinal nematodes

Gastrointestinal nematodes
Illustration of a gastrointestinal nematodes

Background imageIllness Collection: Whipps Cross Hospital, Essex

Whipps Cross Hospital, Essex
Part of Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone, Essex. Several patients can be see in beds on the open balconies. The hospital was opened in 1903 by the West Ham Union for the sick poor in the area

Background imageIllness Collection: West Ham Infirmary, Whipps Cross, Essex

West Ham Infirmary, Whipps Cross, Essex
West Ham Infirmary, Whipps Cross, Leytonstone, Essex, viewed across a small lake. The infirmary, better known as Whipps Cross Hospital

Background imageIllness Collection: Lord, have mercy on London. Contemporary English woodcut on the Great Plague of 1665

Lord, have mercy on London. Contemporary English woodcut on the Great Plague of 1665
PLAGUE OF LONDON, 1665. Lord, have mercy on London. Contemporary English woodcut on the Great Plague of 1665

Background imageIllness Collection: The Gout. Etching, 1799, by James Gillray

The Gout. Etching, 1799, by James Gillray
GOUT, 1799. The Gout. Etching, 1799, by James Gillray

Background imageIllness Collection: POLLUTION CARTOON, 1866. Deaths Dispensary

POLLUTION CARTOON, 1866. Deaths Dispensary. An 1866 cartoon indicating water pollution as a source of disease

Background imageIllness Collection: YELLOW FEVER, CUBA, c1900. Conquerors of Yellow Fever. Cuban physician Dr

YELLOW FEVER, CUBA, c1900. Conquerors of Yellow Fever. Cuban physician Dr. Carlos Finlay (left, in civilian clothes), U.S. Army surgeon Dr. Walter Reed (center), and others observe as Dr

Background imageIllness Collection: Gout (Bunbury)

Gout (Bunbury)
No need for the sufferer from GOUT to wait till he gets to Hell - the devil gives him a foretaste of the torments that await him

Background imageIllness Collection: A map from On the Mode of Communication of Cholera, 1855 (litho)

A map from On the Mode of Communication of Cholera, 1855 (litho)
1195411 A map from On the Mode of Communication of Cholera, 1855 (litho) by Snow, John (1813-58) (after); 22, 5x14, 2 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Snow)

Background imageIllness Collection: Brockhall Hospital, Langho, near Blackburn, Lancashire

Brockhall Hospital, Langho, near Blackburn, Lancashire
Aerial view of Brockhall Hospital at Langho, near Blackburn, Lancashire, established in 1904 by the Lancashire Inebriates Acts Board as an inebriate reformatory for women

Background imageIllness Collection: Whipps Cross Hospital, Essex

Whipps Cross Hospital, Essex
Entrance to Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone, Essex. Several patients can be see in beds on the open balconies. The hospital was opened in 1903 by the West Ham Union for the sick poor in the area

Background imageIllness Collection: Stobhill Hospital, Springburn, Glasgow, Scotland

Stobhill Hospital, Springburn, Glasgow, Scotland
Stobhill Hospital was erected in 1903-4 at Springburn, Glasgow, by the citys poor law authority. It provided around 2000 beds for the infirm and chronically sick poor, and for children

Background imageIllness Collection: Henstead Union Workhouse, Swainsthorpe, Norfolk

Henstead Union Workhouse, Swainsthorpe, Norfolk
The driveway up to Henstead Union workhouse at Swainsthorpe, Norfolk. The building, erected in 1836, was designed by John Brown

Background imageIllness Collection: Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec. French physician. Laennec, with his stethoscope

Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec. French physician. Laennec, with his stethoscope, at the Necker Hospital, Paris
RENE LAENNEC (1781-1826). Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec. French physician. Laennec, with his stethoscope, at the Necker Hospital, Paris, France

Background imageIllness Collection: Bunions, X-ray

Bunions, X-ray
Bunions. Coloured X-ray of an elderly womans deformed inward-turning toes due to bunions (orange, lower centre). This deformity (hallux valgus) is caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes

Background imageIllness Collection: Highcroft Hall Hospital, Erdington, Birmingham

Highcroft Hall Hospital, Erdington, Birmingham
An aerial view of Highcroft Hall Hospital on Slade Road, Erdington, Birmingham. The hospital was originally opened in around 1870 as the Aston Union workhouse

Background imageIllness Collection: Coughs & Sneezes Poster

Coughs & Sneezes Poster
Humorous poster issued by the Ministry of Health during the Second World War and featuring a woman sneezing without catching the germs in a handkerchief

Background imageIllness Collection: Gout Devil Bites 1799

Gout Devil Bites 1799
A little devil sinks his teeth into the swollen foot of a gout sufferer

Background imageIllness Collection: Yakov Sverdlov

Yakov Sverdlov
YAKOV SVERDLOV Russian revolutionary, virtual creator of the new Soviet state : very active 1917-1919, but died of illness, cutting short an eminent career

Background imageIllness Collection: John Keats / Last Illness

John Keats / Last Illness
JOHN KEATS English poet during his last illness

Background imageIllness Collection: Alzheimers brain

Alzheimers brain. Computer processed vertical (coronal) slice through the brain of an Alzheimer patient (at left) compared with a normal brain (at right)

Background imageIllness Collection: Stele of Roma the doorkeeper dedicated to Goddess Astarte. E

Stele of Roma the doorkeeper dedicated to Goddess Astarte. E
Stele of Roma the doorkeeper dedicated to Goddess Astarte. Limestone. 18th Dynasty. New Kingdom. C. 1400-1365 BC. Origin unknown. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Copenhagen. Denmark

Background imageIllness Collection: Depressed Sad Moody Woman Leaning Head Onto Arm Slouched Lean Back Of Chair Seated Depression Stress

Depressed Sad Moody Woman Leaning Head Onto Arm Slouched Lean Back Of Chair Seated Depression Stress
UNITED STATES - Circa 1960s: Depressed Sad Moody Woman Leaning Head Onto Arm Slouched Lean Back Of Chair Seated Depression Stress

Background imageIllness Collection: The Physician Curing Fantasy. Anonymous engraved French broadsheet of the 17th century

The Physician Curing Fantasy. Anonymous engraved French broadsheet of the 17th century
BROADSHEET, 17th CENTURY. The Physician Curing Fantasy. Anonymous engraved French broadsheet of the 17th century, an amusing travesty on the idea that wisdom can be imbibed

Background imageIllness Collection: Guys Hospital, Southwark, London, c1800. Artist: John Pass

Guys Hospital, Southwark, London, c1800. Artist: John Pass
Guys Hospital, Southwark, London, c1800. View of the north front of the hospital showing a man being stretchered through the front gates

Background imageIllness Collection: The headache, from the series L Imagination, c. 1830 (litho) (b / w photo)

The headache, from the series L Imagination, c. 1830 (litho) (b / w photo)
XIR287002 The headache, from the series L Imagination, c.1830 (litho) (b/w photo) by Daumier, Honore (1808-79); Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France; (add.info.: Serie L Imagination)

Background imageIllness Collection: Empire Hotel, Lowestoft, Suffolk

Empire Hotel, Lowestoft, Suffolk
The Empire Hotel at Lowestoft, Suffolk, opened in 1900. In 1921 it was acquired by the Metropolitan Asylums Board and reopened the following year as a hospital for tuberculosis patients

Background imageIllness Collection: Mosquito (Culicidae), female, internal anatomy, and sucking blood from skin, cross-section

Mosquito (Culicidae), female, internal anatomy, and sucking blood from skin, cross-section

Background imageIllness Collection: Melancholy and raving madness, Bedlam Hospital

Melancholy and raving madness, Bedlam Hospital
The figures of melancholy and raving madness over the gateway into Bethlehem(Bedlam)Hospital. Statues by the Danish sculptor Caius Gabriel Cibber Date: 1813

Background imageIllness Collection: Smallpox treatment document, New England, 1677

Smallpox treatment document, New England, 1677
" A Brief Rule, " a printed guide to the treatment of smallpox, or measles, in New England, 1677. Woodcut reproduction with a watercolor wash

Background imageIllness Collection: The Passenger Who Dared to Feel Sea-Sick on the Queen Mary

The Passenger Who Dared to Feel Sea-Sick on the Queen Mary
Humorous illustration by H.M. Bateman showing a passenger, green at the gills with sea sickness being observed by his unsympathetic passengers on the Queen Mary ocean liner

Background imageIllness Collection: Langho Colony, Ribblesdale, Lancashire

Langho Colony, Ribblesdale, Lancashire
Aerial view of the Langho Colony set up in 1906 by the Chorlton and Manchester Unions for the treatment of patients suffering from epilepsy

Background imageIllness Collection: Coughs & Sneezes Poster

Coughs & Sneezes Poster
Humorous poster from the Ministry of Health showing a man sneezing without a handkerchief on a London Underground train during WWII

Background imageIllness Collection: Typhoid Mary

Typhoid Mary
MARY MALLON, (1869-1938) known as Typhoid Mary; though herself healthy, she is a carrier of typhoid and, employed as a cook, infects 22, one of whom dies

Background imageIllness Collection: Ravages of Alcohol

Ravages of Alcohol
An illustration of how alcohol abuse affects the appearance and liver of a man through different stages of his life

Background imageIllness Collection: Allegory of the Plague in Manchuria, cover illustration of Le Petit Journal

Allegory of the Plague in Manchuria, cover illustration of Le Petit Journal
CHT219325 Allegory of the Plague in Manchuria, cover illustration of Le Petit Journal, 19th February 1911 (colour litho) by French School

Background imageIllness Collection: Christmas scene at the Evelina Childrens Hospital

Christmas scene at the Evelina Childrens Hospital
Christmas comes but once a year -- a scene at the Evelina Childrens Hospital, founded in Southwark, London, in 1869. A sick little girl is visited by her mother and younger sister

Background imageIllness Collection: Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), German abbess and mystic

Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), German abbess and mystic. Her vision of the Fall of the Angels, considered by some to be evidence that Hildegard suffered from migraine

Background imageIllness Collection: Saint John of God, 1883. Sculpture by Agapit Vallmitjana i B

Saint John of God, 1883. Sculpture by Agapit Vallmitjana i Barbany (1833-1905). Hospital of Saint John of God. Barcelona. Spain

Background imageIllness Collection: Microscopic view of human respiratory syncytial virus

Microscopic view of human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). RSV causes respiratory tract infection of the lungs and breathing passages

Background imageIllness Collection: Lord, have mercy on London. Contemporary English woodcut on the Great Plague of 1665

Lord, have mercy on London. Contemporary English woodcut on the Great Plague of 1665
PLAGUE OF LONDON, 1665. Lord, have mercy on London. Contemporary English woodcut on the Great Plague of 1665

Background imageIllness Collection: ANTI-VACCINATION RIOT, 1885. After a devastating smallpox epidemic

ANTI-VACCINATION RIOT, 1885. After a devastating smallpox epidemic, French-Canadian adversaries of vaccination attack City Hall in Montreal, Canada, 1885



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"From Death's Grasp to Healing Hands: A Journey through Illness" In the somber painting "Young Woman on her Death Bed, 1621, " we witness the haunting portrayal of a life consumed by illness. The artist captures the fragility and despair that often accompany such afflictions. Contrasting this scene is the powerful image of "Jesus Healing The Sick. " Here, hope radiates as divine intervention brings relief to those suffering from various ailments. It serves as a reminder that even in our darkest moments, there is potential for healing and restoration. Moving forward in time, we find ourselves at Shotley Bridge General Hospital in County Durham. This institution stands as a testament to humanity's ongoing battle against sickness. Its walls have witnessed countless stories of resilience and recovery. An intriguing glimpse into history comes from an 1866 cartoon titled "Deaths Dispensary, " highlighting water pollution as a source of disease. It reminds us that throughout centuries, environmental factors have played a significant role in spreading illnesses and shaping public health policies. Delving deeper into medical science, we encounter gastrointestinal nematodes - microscopic parasites wreaking havoc within our bodies. These tiny organisms serve as a stark reminder of how diseases can manifest themselves unseen until it's too late. Returning to visual commentary with another depiction of "Deaths Dispensary, " this time through a thought-provoking cartoon from 1866 addressing pollution-related diseases head-on. Such illustrations aimed to raise awareness about public health concerns during an era when industrialization posed new threats to communities' well-being. Whipps Cross Hospital in Essex emerges as yet another battleground against illness. Within its halls, dedicated healthcare professionals tirelessly work towards alleviating suffering and restoring vitality to their patients' lives. History whispers tales of London's struggle during the Great Plague of 1665; depicted vividly in contemporary woodcuts pleading for mercy upon the city.