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Watercolour illustration of a pustular skin disease, Glasgow, Scotland, 1902

Illustrations of medical conditions were taken from observations of patients to be used as teaching aids for students. This example by was used during ward rounds by students at the University of Glasgow. The illustration shows pustules on the skin that may indicate smallpox. Details include the patient's name (George Alexander), the date (11 March 1902) and where the pustules were observed (the right temple).

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Glossary: watercolour

Artists' paints made with pigment to be diluted with water and not oil.

Glossary: teaching aid

A tool used by teachers, facilitators, or tutors to help learners improve reading and other skills,or to illustrate or reinforce a skill, fact, or idea. They can often combat anxiety or boredom, as many teaching aids are like games.

Glossary: smallpox

Smallpox is an infectious virus unique to humans. It results in a characteristic skin rash and fluid-filled blisters. After successful vaccination campaigns throughout the 1800s and 1900s, the World Health Organisation certified the eradication of smallpox in 1979. Smallpox is the only human infectious disease to have been completely wiped out.

Glossary: pustule

A small inflammation of the skin, containing pus.