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A naked athlete being electrified to show the effect of "Chanteclair" embrocation. By Michel Liebeaux. Credit: Wellcome Library, London

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A man flying in the air with wings and balloons attached to him. Coloured wood engraving.  Credit: Wellcome Library, London

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A red-faced sun rises above a city. Watercolour painting after Salomon Trismosin. Credit: Wellcome Library, London

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Hospital staff treating a casualty, Hospitals Centre Birmingham Credit: Wellcome Library, London


A bizarre physiognomical caricature with a figure pointing to another's sore eye. Oil painting by a follower of Louis-Léopold Boilly. Credit: Wellcome Library, London

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The Four Gospels, 1495, the Evangelist dictating his Gospel to his pupil Prochoros. Credit: Wellcome Library, London

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One of twelve animals representing months and years, part of a chart indicating good and bad bloodletting days and when to guard against demons. Credit: Wellcome Library, London

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