The Lockdown Chronicles 13: Dr Mead

 

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Dr Mead prescribes continuing the 'quarentine'.
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Richard Mead, FRS, FRCP, (11 August 1673 – 16 February 1754) was an English physician. His work, A Short Discourse concerning Pestilential Contagion, and the Method to be used to prevent it (1720) [text] [digitised] was written in reaction to the outbreak at Marseilles. In 1703 he was elected physician to St. Thomas’ Hospital. [Wikipedia entry] [On Marseille, cfr this case study from The Edward Worth Library].

Text adapted from A Short Discourse concerning Pestilential Contagion, and the Method to be used to prevent it (1720), by Richard Mead (1673-1754). Text version via Eighteenth Century Collections Online, Text Creation Partnership.

Source images: Panel 1: Old St. Thomas’s Hospital, Southwark: the entrance courtyard. Engraving. Wellcome Library no. 39315i; Wellcome Collection, Wellcome Images, CC BY 4.0. Panels 2-4: Richard Mead. Reproduction of drawing, 1888, after W. Hogarth. Wellcome Library no. 6457iM; Wellcome Collection, Wellcome Images, CC BY 4.0 This comic strip CC-BY-NC-SA.

 

References

Mead, Richard. (1720). A short discourse concerning pestilential contagion: and the methods to be used to prevent it.  London: printed for Sam. Buckley, and Ralph Smith, 1720. Text version via Eighteenth Century Collections Online, Text Creation Partnership, available at: http://name.umdl.umich.edu/004833363.0001.000. The digitised version is available via the Wellcome Library, Wellcome Collection, at https://wellcomecollection.org/works/gg3azyks [Accessed 27 April 2020].

The Edward Worth Library, “Case Study: Plague at Marseilles 1720”. Infectious Diseases at The Edward Worth Library. Available at https://infectiousdiseases.edwardworthlibrary.ie/plague/marseilles-case-study/ [Accessed 27 April 2020].

Old St. Thomas’s Hospital, Southwark: the entrance courtyard. Engraving. Wellcome Library no. 39315i; Wellcome Collection, Wellcome Images, available at https://wellcomecollection.org/works/m7xt98x2 [Accessed 27 April 2020].

Richard Mead. Reproduction of drawing, 1888, after W. Hogarth. Wellcome Library no. 6457iM; Wellcome Collection, Wellcome Images, available at https://wellcomecollection.org/works/ufzwpn7c [Accessed 27 April 2020].

NHS England and NHS. Coronavirus. Primary Care. (2020). Accessing supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Available at  https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/primary-care/infection-control/ppe/ [Accessed 27 April 2020].

The Lockdown Chronicles is a series of periodical comic strips made at night (in candlelight!) adapting and reusing openly-licensed or public domain items from online digital collections. Publication and tweetage are scheduled in advance. Historical sources are adapted and updated for the current pandemic; please refer to each strip’s references on each post for further context.  Catch up with the series at https://epriego.blog/tag/the-lockdown-chronicles/.