Pest Anatomized

Lindsey’s post on plague doctors spurred me to go look through the Wellcome library for plague graphics. Here is a neat one I found:

The Wellcome library lists the title as: Loimotomia, or, The pest anatomized : an historical account of the dissection of a pestilential body by the author. Together with the author’s apology against the calumnies of the Galenists, and a word to Mr. Nath. Hodges, concerning his late Vindiciae medicinae …

They did believe in long descriptive titles in the 17th century. It was written by George Thomson, MD (1629-1677) and published in 1666 during the Great London Plague. Something tells me I need to learn more about Dr Thomson!


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