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In the somber painting "Young Woman on her Death Bed, 1621, " we witness the devastating toll that they are take on a person's life

Background imageSickness 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 imageSickness 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 imageSickness 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 imageSickness 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 imageSickness 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 imageSickness 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 imageSickness 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 imageSickness 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 imageSickness Collection: Saint Luke healing the hydropic child, 17th century (painting)

Saint Luke healing the hydropic child, 17th century (painting)
7129357 Saint Luke healing the hydropic child, 17th century (painting) by Lanfranco, Giovanni (1582-1647); Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome

Background imageSickness Collection: Sick Carnot! (Carnot malade!), 1893. Creator: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Sick Carnot! (Carnot malade!), 1893. Creator: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Sick Carnot! (Carnot malade!), 1893

Background imageSickness Collection: A Rakes Progress, 1763; plate VIII of VIII. Artist: William Hogarth

A Rakes Progress, 1763; plate VIII of VIII. Artist: William Hogarth
A Rakes Progress, 1763; plate VIII of VIII. True to his nature Tom Rakewell has run through a vast fortune through indulgence in all the luxuries of modern living

Background imageSickness Collection: The Sick Monkey, 1875, (1912). Artist: Edwin Henry Landseer

The Sick Monkey, 1875, (1912). Artist: Edwin Henry Landseer
The Sick Monkey, 1875, (1912). From Bibbys Annual 1912, [J. Bibby & Sons, Liverpool, 1912]

Background imageSickness Collection: Mothersills Seasick Remedy

Mothersills Seasick Remedy
Advertisement for Mothersills Seasick Remedy - recommended to stop train sickness. 1930

Background imageSickness Collection: Picture No. 10873704

Picture No. 10873704
Sleeping Sickness Parasite in red blood cells (Trypanosoma sp. ) Date:

Background imageSickness Collection: Protective clothing against plague in the 18th century

Protective clothing against plague in the 18th century
GIA4787389 Protective clothing against plague in the 18th century. by Grevenbroeck, Jan van (1731-1807); Museo Correr, Venice

Background imageSickness Collection: Biblical Tales by John Lawson, Jesus and Girl

Biblical Tales by John Lawson, Jesus and Girl
Biblical Tales by John Lawson, Jesus healing the Rich Mans Liittle Daughter

Background imageSickness Collection: A Page from the Egerton Bohun Psalter-Hours, (1370), 1937

A Page from the Egerton Bohun Psalter-Hours, (1370), 1937
A Page from the Egerton Bohun Psalter-Hours, 1370. This is one of a group of manuscripts made for members of the Bohun family, who were earls of Hereford, Essex

Background imageSickness Collection: Broadsheet discussing the Madness of King George III, 1788 (news print)

Broadsheet discussing the Madness of King George III, 1788 (news print)
XJF365322 Broadsheet discussing the Madness of King George III, 1788 (news print) by English School, (18th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageSickness Collection: Malaria (oil on canvas)

Malaria (oil on canvas)
XIR34823 Malaria (oil on canvas) by Herbert or Hebert, Antoine Auguste Ernest (1817-1908); 135x193 cm; Musee d Orsay, Paris, France; French, out of copyright

Background imageSickness Collection: Three runaway schoolboys are very seasick

Three runaway schoolboys are very seasick
Three runaway schoolboys suffer greatly from seasickness on an ocean voyage. Date: 1898

Background imageSickness Collection: AIDS sign in the village of Gimbii, Oromo country, Welega state, Ethiopia, Africa

AIDS sign in the village of Gimbii, Oromo country, Welega state, Ethiopia, Africa

Background imageSickness Collection: Scene from, How the Black Death came to Bergen, AD 1348 (engraving)

Scene from, How the Black Death came to Bergen, AD 1348 (engraving)
8631368 Scene from, How the Black Death came to Bergen, AD 1348 (engraving) by Jacomb-Hood, George Percy (1857-1930) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Scene)

Background imageSickness Collection: Bladud, a legendary King of the Britons who was said to have founded the city of Bath (colour litho)

Bladud, a legendary King of the Britons who was said to have founded the city of Bath (colour litho)
5999689 Bladud, a legendary King of the Britons who was said to have founded the city of Bath (colour litho) by European School (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Bladud)

Background imageSickness Collection: Saint Roch as Patron of Plague Victims, 1623. Creator: Workshop of Peter Paul Rubens

Saint Roch as Patron of Plague Victims, 1623. Creator: Workshop of Peter Paul Rubens
Saint Roch as Patron of Plague Victims, 1623.

Background imageSickness Collection: The pool at Bethesda, 1724. Creator: Giovanni Paolo Panini

The pool at Bethesda, 1724. Creator: Giovanni Paolo Panini
The pool at Bethesda, 1724.

Background imageSickness Collection: Christ healing the sick ('The hundred guilder print'), 1775. Creator: William Baillie

Christ healing the sick ('The hundred guilder print'), 1775. Creator: William Baillie
Christ healing the sick ('The hundred guilder print'), 1775.

Background imageSickness Collection: Milan during the plague (engraving)

Milan during the plague (engraving)
8626268 Milan during the plague (engraving) by Moia, Federico (1802-1885); Private Collection; (add.info.: Milan during the plague)

Background imageSickness Collection: Cross section of a melanoid cancer, 1867 (engraving)

Cross section of a melanoid cancer, 1867 (engraving)
8766908 Cross section of a melanoid cancer, 1867 (engraving); Private Collection; (add.info.: Cross section of a melanoid cancer ( Dr. Jaccoud dictionary. Vol)

Background imageSickness Collection: The harvest of ripe dates, useful against cold stomach, in 'Tacuinum sanitatis' by Abu I Hasan al

The harvest of ripe dates, useful against cold stomach, in "Tacuinum sanitatis" by Abu I Hasan al Mujtar Ibn
AIS5378755 The harvest of ripe dates, useful against cold stomach, in "Tacuinum sanitatis" by Abu I Hasan al Mujtar Ibn Butlan ()

Background imageSickness Collection: Plague. Black Death

Plague. Black Death
7301577 Plague. Black Death.; Private Collection; (add.info.: A passerby offers water to a dying man. During outbreaks of plague)

Background imageSickness Collection: An engraving depicting the exterior of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, 19th century

An engraving depicting the exterior of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, 19th century
5310638 An engraving depicting the exterior of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, 19th century; (add.info.: Date: 1895); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageSickness Collection: Milk vendors at Spring Gardens

Milk vendors at Spring Gardens
5311970 Milk vendors at Spring Gardens; (add.info.: Engraving depicting milk vendors at Spring Gardens, St James Park, London)

Background imageSickness Collection: Medicine: treatment of syphilis (verola), cauterization of wounds

Medicine: treatment of syphilis (verola), cauterization of wounds. Illustration from Codex G 61, 16th century
FGL5484281 Medicine: treatment of syphilis (verola), cauterization of wounds. Illustration from Codex G 61, 16th century. Biblioteca Augusta, Perugia; Fototeca Gilardi

Background imageSickness Collection: Scientist working on a diptheria antitoxin. (print)

Scientist working on a diptheria antitoxin. (print)
7419947 Scientist working on a diptheria antitoxin. (print); (add.info.: A scientist working on a diptheria antitoxin in the late 19th century)

Background imageSickness Collection: Engraving depicting a doctor visiting a dying boy at home

Engraving depicting a doctor visiting a dying boy at home
5309289 Engraving depicting a doctor visiting a dying boy at home; (add.info.: Engraving depicting a doctor visiting a dying boy at home)

Background imageSickness Collection: An illustration depicting a scene within a ward of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital

An illustration depicting a scene within a ward of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, 19th century
5310619 An illustration depicting a scene within a ward of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, 19th century; (add.info.: Date: 1895); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageSickness Collection: History of Saint Piat and Saint Eleuthere, also called tapestry of Arras

History of Saint Piat and Saint Eleuthere, also called tapestry of Arras. Ordered from canon Toussaint Prier
7209641 History of Saint Piat and Saint Eleuthere, also called tapestry of Arras. Ordered from canon Toussaint Prier, chaplain of the duke of Burgundy, late 14th-early 15th century. 22m x 2m

Background imageSickness Collection: 'Swarms of horrible stinging flies' (litho)

"Swarms of horrible stinging flies" (litho)
8632811 "Swarms of horrible stinging flies" (litho) by Gibbs, William (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageSickness Collection: Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn sending Tokens of Goodwill to the sick Cardinal (engraving)

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn sending Tokens of Goodwill to the sick Cardinal (engraving)
8632391 Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn sending Tokens of Goodwill to the sick Cardinal (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageSickness Collection: 'Gosh! Aren't you sick and tired of all these silly jokes about the black-out?' (litho)

"Gosh! Aren't you sick and tired of all these silly jokes about the black-out?" (litho)
8630578 "Gosh! Aren't you sick and tired of all these silly jokes about the black-out?" (litho) by Pont (Graham Laidler) (1908-40); Private Collection; (add.info.: "Gosh)

Background imageSickness Collection: Charlie lies in Nottingham Cot at Her Majesty's Hospital, E (colour litho)

Charlie lies in Nottingham Cot at Her Majesty's Hospital, E (colour litho)
8644923 Charlie lies in Nottingham Cot at Her Majesty's Hospital, E (colour litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageSickness Collection: Illustration for The Animals Trip to Sea (colour litho)

Illustration for The Animals Trip to Sea (colour litho)
8634290 Illustration for The Animals Trip to Sea (colour litho) by Thompson, George Henry (1853-1933); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageSickness Collection: The cow pock; or, the wonderful effects of the new inoculation (engraving)

The cow pock; or, the wonderful effects of the new inoculation (engraving)
8653564 The cow pock; or, the wonderful effects of the new inoculation (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The cow pock; or)

Background imageSickness Collection: Votaries of the Weed No 38 (colour litho)

Votaries of the Weed No 38 (colour litho)
8660526 Votaries of the Weed No 38 (colour litho) by Clarke, Joseph Clayton (Kyd) (1856-1937); Private Collection; (add.info.: Votaries of the Weed, No 38)

Background imageSickness Collection: Nursery rhyme: Little Jenny Wren (colour litho)

Nursery rhyme: Little Jenny Wren (colour litho)
8648871 Nursery rhyme: Little Jenny Wren (colour litho) by Wright, Blanche Fisher (1887-1938); Private Collection; (add.info.: Little Jenny Wren)

Background imageSickness Collection: The sick child (engraving)

The sick child (engraving)
8635199 The sick child (engraving) by Barnes, Robert (1840-95); Private Collection; (add.info.: The sick child; parents caring for their poorly child)

Background imageSickness Collection: On this thy birthday may every joy be thine (colour litho)

On this thy birthday may every joy be thine (colour litho)
8656645 On this thy birthday may every joy be thine (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageSickness Collection: The Fountain of Youth (colour litho)

The Fountain of Youth (colour litho)
8663934 The Fountain of Youth (colour litho) by Cranach, Lucas the Elder (1472-1553) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Fountain of Youth)



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In the somber painting "Young Woman on her Death Bed, 1621, " we witness the devastating toll that they are take on a person's life. The artist skillfully captures the frailty and vulnerability of this young woman as she lies motionless, surrounded by loved ones who are filled with grief and despair. Whipps Cross Hospital in Essex has been a sanctuary for countless individuals battling various illnesses throughout history. Its walls have witnessed both triumphs and heartbreaks, serving as a beacon of hope for those seeking healing and solace. Similarly, West Ham Infirmary at Whipps Cross has provided care to countless patients over the years. It stands as a testament to humanity's dedication to alleviating suffering, offering comfort to those afflicted by illness. The painting "Saint Luke healing the hydropic child" depicts an ancient belief in divine intervention against sickness. In times when medical knowledge was limited, people turned to faith for salvation from their ailments. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's artwork "Sick Carnot. " portrays the physical agony experienced during illness. Through his expressive brushstrokes, he conveys not only pain but also empathy towards those enduring such hardships. Edwin Henry Landseer's piece "The Sick Monkey" reminds us that animals too can fall victim to sickness. This poignant portrayal serves as a reminder of our shared vulnerability across species boundaries. A smallpox treatment document from New England in 1677 sheds light on historical efforts made to combat diseases that ravaged communities centuries ago. It underscores how far medical advancements have come since then while highlighting past struggles against infectious outbreaks. Even aboard luxurious vessels like Queen Mary, illness does not discriminate. As depicted in "The Passenger Who Dared to Feel Sea-Sick on the Queen Mary, " even amidst opulence and grandeur, one cannot escape the discomfort brought upon by seasickness – another form of affliction that affects many.