Little Demons, Death And Biting Dogs: How We Picture Disease

An 1883 illustration of the Grim Reaper draped in a cloth labeled "cholera," arriving in America on a British ship.

Today's cartoonists are depicting the novel coronavirus as an angry, spiky ball — reflecting our knowledge of viruses. But before we knew what they looked like, we imagined disease differently.

(Image credit: Bettmann/Bettmann Archive)

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