The Wellcome Collection, a free museum in London, "explores the connections between medicine, life, and art in the past, present and future." This site brings the curiosities and complexities of the Wellcome to life for web users. Readers may like to begin by selecting the Mindcraft exhibit, where they will explore "a century of madness, murder and mental healing" centered on the influence of Franz Anton Mesmer, the occultist healer who claimed he had discovered a universal energy that could cure disease. Once readers have seeped themselves in the images, text, and video of Mindcraft, they may like to move on to The Collectors, an online exhibition of various collector's, such as John Graunt, the 19th century haberdasher who, in collecting statistics on the plague that was ravaging London, may have been the first epidemiologist.
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