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The Sick Rose


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A beautifully gruesome and strangely enthralling visual tour through disease in an age before colour photography

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Richard Barnett studied medicine before becoming a historian. His writing has appeared in The Lancet, The London Magazine and The Natural Death Handbook. His first book, Medical London: City of Diseases, City of Cures, was published in 2008 and was a Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4. His second book, The Sick Rose, published by Thames & Hudson, was the winner of The British Book Design and Production Awards. Richard has also appeared on BBC4's `The Beauty of Anatomy'. He is currently Director of studies in History, Pembroke-King's Programme, University of Cambridge and Honorary Research Fellow, UCL.


'It's a transfixing, sublime collection of portraits of the highest art' - The Times
'Astonishing images of the dissected and diseased ... superbly erudite and lucid accompanying text ... Here we see unpacked the mortal elements of many anonymous individuals - and by extension our own' - Will Self, The Guardian
'Appalling, if brilliantly rendered .... A fascinating book, albeit only for those with strong stomachs' - Nature
'A fascinating, gruesome look at how the medical profession depicted afflictions before colour photography' - The Big Issue

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