Before photography was developed, doctors could only depend on each other’s written descriptions and drawings to communicate what to look for in a scarlet fever rash, or how consumption affects the lungs. So a number of multi-talented physicians from the medieval and early modern periods published illustrated books that showed diseased people and body parts. (Yum.) We’ve collected a few of these drawings here. Consider them a companion to our seven favorite vintage anatomy drawings, which show healthy skeletal, vascular and other body systems.
These and other disease drawings are also on display until December 20, 2013, at the Indiana University Bloomington’s Lilly Library.