This watercolor painting depicts the costume worn by physicians attending plague patients in the 17th century. The costume was described by Jean Jacques Manget (1652-1742) in his Traité de la peste (Treatise on the plague), published in Geneva in 1721.
This 1849 advertisement for “Dr. George Stuart's botanical syrup and vegetable pills, the greatest family medicine in the world” features an exterior view of the three-and-one-half story storefront of the Stuart establishment on the 700 block of Race Street in Philadelphia.
Edward Jenner, English rural physician, performed first vaccination against smallpox at Berkeley, in 1796. Despite opposition, Jenner proved his discovery, and lived to see it become accepted medically as a life-saving procedure.
Clay tablets of ancient Mesopotamia tell the story of medicine 5000 years ago. Under the code of Hammurabi, physicians' fees were set, and patients and physicians might appeal their grievances to the King's court.