A man with a large pendant face tumour. In 1835, the American physician Peter Parker opened a hospital in the Chinese city of Canton. For five years he commissioned gouache paintings of patients by the painter Lam Qua. Photograph: Wellcome Library, London
A 13-year-old boy with severe untreated leprosy. Photograph: Wellcome Library, London
The hands of a patient with paronychia, an infection of the nails associated with tertiary syphilis. Photograph: Wellcome Library, London
Hand-drawn and textured pages from a rare Japanese treatise on smallpox called The Essentials of Smallpox written in the late 17th or early 18th century by the Japanese doctor Kanda Gensen. Photograph: Wellcome Library, London

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