Obese Man (18th Century) By John Hamilton Mortimer

“A grossly obese man supporting his stomach in a wheelbarrow, a young fop looks on.” – Description.

Some days I wake up and feel like I need a wheelbarrow for my fat. #relatable

Obese Man (18th Century) By John Hamilton Mortimer

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Cyclops Child (18th Century) by Nicholas Edouard Lerouge

With the caption “Monstres”, which is French for ‘Monster’. This poor child is suffering by Cyclopia. Cyclopia is a birth defect, in which the embryo fails to divide the orbits of the eye into two cavities.

Cyclops Child (18th Century) by Nicholas Edouard Lerouge

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Circumcision Knife (18th Century)

Circumcision knife, dated some time between 1775-1785. Did they use anesthesia?! Opinions about circumcision range from ‘necessary medical procedure’ & ‘religious ritual’, to ‘genital mutilation’.

Circumcision Knife (18th Century)

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A Witch Making a Potion (1773) By John Hamilton Mortimer

“A witch, raising her arm above a cauldron, is making a potion; a young woman is kneeling in front of the cauldron; book and skeleton in the background.” – Description.

A Witch Making a Potion (1773) By John Hamilton Mortimer

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