Title: A black man buying some of J. Morison’s pills, hoping they will make him white

Artist/Maker:

Date:

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: A black man buying some of J. Morison’s pills, hoping they will make him white. Coloured lithograph.. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Location(s): 377 Strand, London, England

 

Date posted: February 23, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on A black man buying some of J. Morison’s pills, hoping they will make him white

Categories: Pharmaceuticals Skin and Skin Disease

Title: Julia Pastrana, a bearded woman, embalmed

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Date: 1862

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: Julia Pastrana, a bearded woman, embalmed. Wood engraving, 1862. Public Domain Mark

References: Herzig, Rebecca M. “Bearded Women and Dog-Faced Men: Darwin’s Great Denudation.” In Plucked: A History of Hair Removal, 55-74. NYU Press, 2015.

Location(s): Picadilly, London, England, UK

Commentary: Julia Pastrana was a woman from Mexico whose hairy face and body made her a popular attraction to carnivals and freak shows in the mid-1800s. People, like Pastrana, who were considered abnormally hairy by the Euro-American public were displayed and publicised as sub-human examples of the “missing-links” proving Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. This wood engraving was printed after Pastrana’s death to publicise the exhibition of her embalmed body in a gallery in Piccadilly, London in 1862.

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Date posted: February 22, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on Julia Pastrana, a bearded woman, embalmed

Categories: Advertisements Gender and Sex Scientific Racism Skin and Skin Disease Taxonomies

Title: “Krao”, the “missing link” : a living proof of Darwin’s theory of the descent of man : special lectures, 2.30, 5.30 & 9.30… : all should see her : [jungle illustration].

Artist/Maker:

Date: March 1887

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: “Krao”, the “missing link” : a living proof of Darwin’s theory of the descent of man : special lectures, 2.30, 5.30 & 9.30… : all should see her : [jungle illustration]. Public Domain Mark

References: Herzig, Rebecca M. “Bearded Women and Dog-Faced Men: Darwin’s Great Denudation.” In Plucked: A History of Hair Removal, 55-74. NYU Press, 2015.

Location(s): Laos; Westminster, London, England, UK

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Categories: Advertisements Gender and Sex Scientific Racism Skin and Skin Disease Taxonomies

Title: Wonderful spotted boy: seventeen months old, from the Caribee Islands, in the West Indies : to be seen at no.42, Piccadilly, opposite St. James’ Churc…

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Date: 1810?

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: Wonderful spotted boy, Seventeen Months Old, From the Caribbee Islands, in the West Indies: to be seen at no.42, Piccadilly, opposite St. James’ Churc. Public Domain Mark

Location(s): West Indies; St. Vincent; London, England; 42 Piccadilly, London, England; 31 South Molton Street, London, England

 

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Categories: Skin and Skin Disease

Title: John Boby, a black man with white markings. Reproduction of an etching

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Date: October 1, 1803

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: John Boby, a black man with white markings. Reproduction of an etching, 1803. Credit: Wellcome Collection.Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Location(s): Kingston, Jamaica; 16 Paternoster Row, London, England; England; Scotland

 

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Categories: Skin and Skin Disease

Title: Mercifulness: Hudson’s Extract of Soap is merciful to the clothes; it only removes the dirt, grease, and stains, leaving the linen behind- spotlessly white, wholesome and pure

Artist/Maker: R. S. Hudson Limited

Date: 1890-1899?

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: Mercifulness : Hudson’s Extract of Soap is merciful to the clothes; it only removes the dirt, grease, and stains, leaving the linen behind- spotlessly white, wholesome and pure : Hudson’s Soap.. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Location(s): Liverpool, England

 

 

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Categories: Advertisements Skin and Skin Disease

Title: Gordon Under Medical Inspection

Artist/Maker: McPherson & Oliver

Date: 1863

Source: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Copyright/Permissions: Public Domain. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Location(s): Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

 

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Categories: Punishment Skin and Skin Disease Slavery and Medical Knowledge

Title: “Prisoners volunteer to save lives”

Artist/Maker: Michael J. Maicher

Date: 1966

Source: Temple University Libraries

Copyright/Permissions: Courtesy of the Special Collections Research Center. Temple University Libraries. Philadelphia, PA

References: Hornblum, Allen M. Acres of Skin: Human Experiments At Holmesburg Prison: a Story of Abuse and Exploitation In the Name of Medical Science. New York: Routledge, 1998.

Location(s): Holmesburg Prison, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

 

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Categories: Experimentation Skin and Skin Disease

Title: James Thomson, MD, Stages of the Eruption in Yaws, 1819, chromolithograph, published by A Constable & Co, Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, vol 15, Issue 60, 1819, 328.

Artist/Maker: James Thomson

Date: 1819

Source: U.S National Library of Medicine-National Institutes of Health

Copyright/Permissions: Public Domain

References: James Thomson, “Observations and Experiments on the Nature of the Morbid Poison Called Yaws, with Coloured Engravings of the Eruption,” Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal 15, no. 60 (July 1, 1819): 321–28, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5845271/; Londa Schiebinger, Secret Cures of Slaves: People, Plants, and Medicine in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2017), 50-57; 99–112.

Location(s): St. Thomas in the Vale, Jamaica

Commentary: These drawings made by Scottish physician John Thomson show the results of an experimentation he conducted on enslaved children, to test the efficacy of inoculation – artificially inducing immunity to a disease – against Yaws. He published them along with his observations in the Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, which is still in circulation today. These images, and Thomson’s observations, reveal how enslaved people’s bodies are integral to the history of medicine, yet remain erased from the record.

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Categories: Skin and Skin Disease Slavery and Medical Knowledge

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