Moral thermometer

Snowbound as I am, I have been surfing the Intertubes and came across the National Insitute of Health’s Images from the History of Medicine, and specifically this image:

It appeared in the Journal of Health, v. 4, p.5 (Philadelphia, 1833).

I don’t know quite what to do with it other than to be amused by it in some undefinable way. I’d love to see it in context, to read the article to understand exactly what the medical community thought it was clarifying. I thought about making some kind of Assignment for the Lichtenbergians, but I couldn’t define what it was I thought should be done with it.

So, commenters, what are your thoughts?

6 thoughts on “Moral thermometer

  1. I have ideas about the potential usage from a GLS standpoint. Should I voice those here or there? In a box or with a fox? In the rain or on a plain (falling gently in Spain, of course).

  2. A perfect example of the Apollonian spirit run amok. Yes, let us box, name, and classify everything.

    You guys make fun of me when I start going about dragons, fires, and Dionysus, so I’ll leave it at that.

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