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Infectious Collection

"Infectious: Unveiling the Invisible Threats" Step back in time to 1967 with a Soviet cholera vaccination poster

Background imageInfectious Collection: Soviet cholera vaccination poster, 1967

Soviet cholera vaccination poster, 1967
Soviet cholera vaccination poster. Poster which appeared in the USSR in 1967, urging citizens to get themselves vaccinated against cholera

Background imageInfectious Collection: Norovirus particles, TEM

Norovirus particles, TEM
Norovirus particles. Coloured transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of norovirus particles. Norovirus is a genus of RNA (ribonucleic acid)

Background imageInfectious Collection: Hepatitis B viruses

Hepatitis B viruses
Hepatitis B virus. Coloured transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of hepatitis B viruses (circles), a cause of liver inflammation

Background imageInfectious Collection: Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria, SEM

Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria, SEM
Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). These Gram-negative rod-shaped bacteria are found in soil and water, and as normal flora in the human intestine

Background imageInfectious Collection: Black Death rat flea, artwork

Black Death rat flea, artwork
Oriental rat flea (Xenopsylla cheopis), artwork. This flea was the primary vector of the bacterium Yersinia pestis, which caused the Black Death

Background imageInfectious Collection: Hepatitis B viruses

Hepatitis B viruses

Background imageInfectious Collection: Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria, SEM

Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria, SEM
Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). These Gram-negative rod-shaped bacteria are found in soil and water, and as normal flora in the human intestine

Background imageInfectious Collection: Grove Hospital, Tooting Grove, south west London

Grove Hospital, Tooting Grove, south west London
Administration block of the Grove Hospital, Tooting Grove, south west London (originally in Surrey), one of five new hospitals opened by the Metropolitan Asylums Board in the 1890s for the treatment

Background imageInfectious Collection: Grove Military Hospital, Tooting Grove, Surrey

Grove Military Hospital, Tooting Grove, Surrey
Children stand at the gates of the Grove Hospital at Tooting Grove, Surrey (now South London) during its First World War service as a military hospital

Background imageInfectious Collection: Grove Fever Hospital, Tooting Grove, Surrey

Grove Fever Hospital, Tooting Grove, Surrey
Birds eye view of the Grove Hospital, Tooting Grove, Surrey (now South London), one of five new hospitals opened by the Metropolitan Asylums Board in the 1890s for the treatment of infectious

Background imageInfectious Collection: Paramyxovirus particles, TEM

Paramyxovirus particles, TEM
Sendai virus. Coloured transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of Sendai virus particles (virions, orange). The protein coat (capsid) of one of the particles has split

Background imageInfectious Collection: Testing for viruses

Testing for viruses. A technician using a pipette to fill small sample vials. These are being used to test animal tissue samples for viruses such as avian influenza (bird flu) and swine fever

Background imageInfectious Collection: E. coli bacterium, TEM

E. coli bacterium, TEM
E. coli bacterium. Coloured transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of an Escherichia coli bacterium in the early stages of binary fission, the process by which the bacterium divides

Background imageInfectious Collection: Grove Hospital, Tooting Grove, Surrey

Grove Hospital, Tooting Grove, Surrey
The Grove Hospital, at Tooting Grove, Surrey (now South London) was one of five new hospitals opened by the Metropolitan Asylums Board in the 1890s for the treatment of infectious diseases such as

Background imageInfectious Collection: Plague Ship, which carries suspects to Hoffman Island, between c1910 and c1915

Plague Ship, which carries suspects to Hoffman Island, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Plague Ship, which carries suspects to Hoffman Island, between c1910 and c1915 Hoffman Island, New York City, where immigrants with infectious diseases were held in quarantine before arriving at

Background imageInfectious Collection: Head of the Anopheles Mosquito showing the female mouthparts. Engraving, 1912

Head of the Anopheles Mosquito showing the female mouthparts. Engraving, 1912
527390 Head of the Anopheles Mosquito showing the female mouthparts. Engraving, 1912.; (add.info.: The bite of the female of this species can transmit the Malaria parasite)

Background imageInfectious Collection: Child suffering from Measles (Rubeola : Morbilli), a widespread viral infection spread by

Child suffering from Measles (Rubeola : Morbilli), a widespread viral infection spread by air-borne droplets
527401 Child suffering from Measles (Rubeola : Morbilli), a widespread viral infection spread by air-borne droplets. A routine vaccine was not available until 1964

Background imageInfectious Collection: Ronald Ross (1857-1932) British physician, c.1902 (b/w photo)

Ronald Ross (1857-1932) British physician, c.1902 (b/w photo)
527308 Ronald Ross (1857-1932) British physician, c.1902 (b/w photo); (add.info.: Discovered the Malaria parasite and its life cycle)

Background imageInfectious Collection: Smallpox Hospital, St Pancras, London c1800

Smallpox Hospital, St Pancras, London c1800
536451 Smallpox Hospital, St Pancras, London c1800; (add.info.: Smallpox Hospital, St Pancras, London c1800. Fever (isolation) hospitals for highly infectious diseases built outside cities

Background imageInfectious Collection: Communal bath. Woodcut from JJ Hugel Von heilsamen Badern des Teutschelands... Mullhause, c1559

Communal bath. Woodcut from JJ Hugel Von heilsamen Badern des Teutschelands... Mullhause, c1559
527304 Communal bath. Woodcut from JJ Hugel Von heilsamen Badern des Teutschelands... Mullhause, c1559. Mixed public baths were a feature of city life, particularly in many of the German city states

Background imageInfectious Collection: Physician in protective clothing during an outbreak of Plague. From Manget Triate de la peste, 1721

Physician in protective clothing during an outbreak of Plague. From Manget Triate de la peste, 1721
527300 Physician in protective clothing during an outbreak of Plague. From Manget Triate de la peste, 1721. ; Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageInfectious Collection: Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) French chemist, in his laboratory at the Ecole Normale, Paris

Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) French chemist, in his laboratory at the Ecole Normale, Paris
527302 Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) French chemist, in his laboratory at the Ecole Normale, Paris, during his work on hydrophobia

Background imageInfectious Collection: French army recruits being vaccinated with Cowpox to protect them from the more virulent

French army recruits being vaccinated with Cowpox to protect them from the more virulent infection, Smallpox
527403 French army recruits being vaccinated with Cowpox to protect them from the more virulent infection, Smallpox. A Heffer is lying on the table

Background imageInfectious Collection: Geisha Accompanying Dancing Measles with Samisen, 1862. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Geisha Accompanying Dancing Measles with Samisen, 1862. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Geisha Accompanying Dancing Measles with Samisen, 1862

Background imageInfectious Collection: Toshima Tomiyo Who Stayed with Her Leper Husband, Tomozo, 1875. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Toshima Tomiyo Who Stayed with Her Leper Husband, Tomozo, 1875. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Toshima Tomiyo Who Stayed with Her Leper Husband, Tomozo, 1875. From The Postal News, no. 566

Background imageInfectious Collection: Dans le jardin d'une legation allemande. Explosifs et cultures de microbes; la caissette... 1916

Dans le jardin d'une legation allemande. Explosifs et cultures de microbes; la caissette... 1916. Creator: Unknown
Dans le jardin d'une legation allemande. Explosifs et cultures de microbes; la caissette contenant les huit tubes de virus de la morve, 1916. From "Collection de la Guerre IV

Background imageInfectious Collection: Catherine-de-Barnes Isolation Hospital, which is on constant stand-by to deal with

Catherine-de-Barnes Isolation Hospital, which is on constant stand-by to deal with smallpox. They last admitted patients in 1978 during the smallpox outbreak at Birmingham University

Background imageInfectious Collection: Smallpox Outbreak Birmingham 1978. Janet Parker a British medical photographer became

Smallpox Outbreak Birmingham 1978. Janet Parker a British medical photographer became the last person to die from smallpox

Background imageInfectious Collection: International biohazard symbol

International biohazard symbol warning of a potential biological hazard. This symbol is used worldwide in laboratories and on containers where biologically active agents are present

Background imageInfectious Collection: Procession commemorating the town of Pont-l Abbe delivered from the plague in the year 1632

Procession commemorating the town of Pont-l Abbe delivered from the plague in the year 1632 - ex-voto of Sainte-Anne d
LSE4096969 Procession commemorating the town of Pont-l Abbe delivered from the plague in the year 1632 - ex-voto of Sainte-Anne d Auray by Unknown Artist, (19th century); Basilica

Background imageInfectious Collection: Two men at the bedside of an old man in a garret, 18th century. 1791 (engraving)

Two men at the bedside of an old man in a garret, 18th century. 1791 (engraving)
7234864 Two men at the bedside of an old man in a garret, 18th century. 1791 (engraving) by Chodowiecki, Daniel Nikolaus (1726-1801); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageInfectious Collection: Corpse bearers during the Plague (engraving)

Corpse bearers during the Plague (engraving)
7200122 Corpse bearers during the Plague (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Corpse bearers during the Plague)

Background imageInfectious Collection: Deformed woman of Prague, 1596 (engraving)

Deformed woman of Prague, 1596 (engraving)
7186268 Deformed woman of Prague, 1596 (engraving) by Austrian School, (16th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Deformed woman of Prague, 1596)

Background imageInfectious Collection: Peste de Jaffa (engraving)

Peste de Jaffa (engraving)
7179428 Peste de Jaffa (engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Peste de Jaffa. Illustration for Dictionnaire Populaire Illustre by Decembre-Alonnier (c 1880)

Background imageInfectious Collection: Outbreak of the plague in London, 1641 (woodcut)

Outbreak of the plague in London, 1641 (woodcut)
7201737 Outbreak of the plague in London, 1641 (woodcut) by English School, (17th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Outbreak of the plague in London, 1641)

Background imageInfectious Collection: View of the manner of burying the dead Bodies at Holy-well mount during the dreadful Plague in

View of the manner of burying the dead Bodies at Holy-well mount during the dreadful Plague in 1665 (engraving)
3103756 View of the manner of burying the dead Bodies at Holy-well mount during the dreadful Plague in 1665 (engraving) by English School

Background imageInfectious Collection: Rabbit corpses killed by chickens cholera microbe. Experience of Mme widow Pommery in Champagne

Rabbit corpses killed by chickens cholera microbe. Experience of Mme widow Pommery in Champagne
XEE4134466 Rabbit corpses killed by chickens cholera microbe. Experience of Mme widow Pommery in Champagne. (From a phtograph of Mr. Trumpet and information communicated by Mr. L. Pommery)

Background imageInfectious Collection: The Triumph of Death. Allegorical representation of Death with a fake on a hitch

The Triumph of Death. Allegorical representation of Death with a fake on a hitch, corpses lie on the ground
JLJ4593424 The Triumph of Death. Allegorical representation of Death with a fake on a hitch, corpses lie on the ground. Miniature from " Triumphs

Background imageInfectious Collection: Cheerful Agony, the American banker Walker poisoned by mistake incurably

Cheerful Agony, the American banker Walker poisoned by mistake incurably, dies between music and flowers (Colour Litho)
2815549 Cheerful Agony, the American banker Walker poisoned by mistake incurably, dies between music and flowers (Colour Litho) by Beltrame

Background imageInfectious Collection: Wretched alpine trip to Val Brembana, the transport of the wounded to Bergamo after three

Wretched alpine trip to Val Brembana, the transport of the wounded to Bergamo after three remaining... (colour litho)
2815291 Wretched alpine trip to Val Brembana, the transport of the wounded to Bergamo after three remaining... (colour litho) by Beltrame

Background imageInfectious Collection: Portrait of Robert Koch in his laboratory (engraving, 19th century)

Portrait of Robert Koch in his laboratory (engraving, 19th century)
LRI4670026 Portrait of Robert Koch in his laboratory (engraving, 19th century) by Unknown Artist, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageInfectious Collection: The Body of Amabel carried to the Dead Cart (engraving)

The Body of Amabel carried to the Dead Cart (engraving)
725514 The Body of Amabel carried to the Dead Cart (engraving) by Franklin, John (c.1800-c.1868); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Body of Amabel carried to the Dead Cart)

Background imageInfectious Collection: Saint Thecla Praying for the Plague-Stricken, 1758-59 (oil on canvas)

Saint Thecla Praying for the Plague-Stricken, 1758-59 (oil on canvas)
1127651 Saint Thecla Praying for the Plague-Stricken, 1758-59 (oil on canvas) by Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista (Giambattista) (1696-1770); 81.3x44.8 cm; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Background imageInfectious Collection: La Gran Nusta Mania Occollo

La Gran Nusta Mania Occollo
BON78185 La Gran Nusta Mania Occollo by Mexican School, (18th century); 46.3x38.8 cm; Private Collection; Photo © Bonhams, London, UK

Background imageInfectious Collection: The Miracle of St. Genevieve, 1883 (mural)

The Miracle of St. Genevieve, 1883 (mural)
XIR234445 The Miracle of St. Genevieve, 1883 (mural) by Maillot, Theodore Pierre Nicolas (1826-88); Pantheon, Paris, France; (add.info.: violent plague which killed 14)

Background imageInfectious Collection: The Plague Pit (engraving)

The Plague Pit (engraving)
725515 The Plague Pit (engraving) by Franklin, John (c.1800-c.1868); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Plague Pit. Illustration for Old Saint Pauls by William Harrison Ainsworth (George Routledge)

Background imageInfectious Collection: Londoners fleeing to the country to avoid the Plague, 1630 (woodcut) (see also 87203)

Londoners fleeing to the country to avoid the Plague, 1630 (woodcut) (see also 87203)
STC267599 Londoners fleeing to the country to avoid the Plague, 1630 (woodcut) (see also 87203) by English School, (17th century); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection



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"Infectious: Unveiling the Invisible Threats" Step back in time to 1967 with a Soviet cholera vaccination poster, reminding us of the relentless battle against infectious diseases. Zooming into the microscopic world, witness Norovirus particles captured by TEM, showcasing their minuscule yet potent nature. Hepatitis B viruses loom large on our radar as we delve deeper into understanding their contagious impact on global health. Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria come alive under SEM, revealing their intricate structures and highlighting the need for effective infection control measures. Transported to medieval times through an artwork depicting Black Death rat fleas, we are reminded of how history has been shaped by devastating pandemics. Returning to modernity, Hepatitis B viruses resurface as a persistent threat demanding our attention and vigilance in combating its spread. Once again exploring Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria through SEM imagery emphasizes the urgency for advanced medical interventions to combat these resilient organisms. Grove Hospital stands tall in Tooting Grove, southwest London - a testament to humanity's unwavering commitment towards treating infectious diseases and saving lives. Meanwhile, Grove Military Hospital in Tooting Grove, Surrey serves as a reminder of how armed forces have fought tirelessly against infectious outbreaks during times of conflict. Malaria parasites reveal themselves under TEM - an urgent call for continued research and development towards eradicating this age-old menace that plagues millions worldwide. Paramyxovirus particles caught in TEM images remind us that viruses constantly evolve and pose new challenges that demand innovative solutions from scientists around the globe. Testing for viruses becomes paramount; laboratories become battlegrounds where dedicated professionals strive relentlessly to identify pathogens swiftly and accurately. As we navigate through history's chapters marked by infectious threats both seen and unseen, let us remember that knowledge is power when it comes to safeguarding our collective well-being.