The Sick Rose: Too Horrible, Too Beautiful

O Rose thou art sick.
The invisible worm,
That flies in the night
In the howling storm:

Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy:
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.

The Sick Rose by WILLIAM BLAKE

the sick rose illustration

With title borrowed from William Blake’s well-known poem, the book The Sick Rose: Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration looks so interesting as a fantastic historic visual tour through the golden age of medical illustration.

Every page in the book is a remarkable piece of art, with beautiful drawing of patient’s symptoms, although some of them still make me sick. I couldn’t help flipping around. There are even some pictures from ancient China. It is really a fascinating book for any curious boy.

The Sick Rose - book cover

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