Tuberculosis is the earliest disease identified in man and still currently affects around one third of the world’s population. Since the beginning it has been surrounded by myth and superstition as humanity tried to understand what caused it. Bad air, demon dogs and vampires have all been blamed.

This pencil drawn stop frame animation represents the ‘demon dog’ that some of our ancestors believed to be the cause of the disease. They believed the dog would enter the body of the sufferer and bark from within, causing the patient to cough. This creature is based on a composite of videos of sick and dying animals from YouTube, whose owners had posted online in the hope of receiving advice on how to help their pets.

See theromanticdisease.tumblr.com/demon and normalflora.co.uk

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