by Maria Popova
Steaming like it’s 1899.
The history of health is peppered with gorgeous anatomical flap-ups, strange medical art, andvibrant vintage illustrations, with a side ofbeautifully illustrated pseudoscience. But few come close to these vintage gems from the early 1900s, found in a French edition of Friedrich Eduard Bilz’s 1888 naturopathic medicine guideDas Neue Naturheilverfahren (The New Natural Healing) (public library). Charmingly illustrated in the familiar style of early twentieth-century medical art, they offer visual directions to various methods of curing disease, from steam baths to massage to swimming.