Feast your eyes on this treasure trove of old medical illustrations

The Wellcome Library has released over 100,000 historical medical, science, and art images, and they are gorgeous, strange, and a little macabre.

Here are some of our favorites, which include an early 19th-century artist's conception of the teeming life within the Thames river (top) and (in order) a flip-panel anatomical illustration book, a sketch of an imagined biomechanical hand from 1564, a scrap of papyrus holding what is thought to be the earliest recipe for a herbal medication, a stop-motion study from photographer Eadweard Muybridge, a scroll identifying some common plants and animals used in Tibetan medicine, an "exploded thorax" illustration from a medical textbook from 1823, and an oddly-threatening illustration of wounds and how to treat them.

Feast your eyes on this treasure trove of old medical illustrations

Feast your eyes on this treasure trove of old medical illustrations

Feast your eyes on this treasure trove of old medical illustrations

Feast your eyes on this treasure trove of old medical illustrations

Feast your eyes on this treasure trove of old medical illustrations

Feast your eyes on this treasure trove of old medical illustrations

Feast your eyes on this treasure trove of old medical illustrations

Images: Wellcome Collection