Twenty-three year old Viennese woman, before and after contracting cholera
One mid-19th century report describes cholera victims who were “one minute warm, palpitating, human organisms - the next a sort of galvanized corpse, with icy breath, stopped pulse and blood congealed - blue, shrivelled up, convulsed”. Cholera causes profuse vomiting and diarrhoea, dehydrating the body so rapidly and severely that the blood thickens and the skin becomes deathlike and blue.
Image from the Wellcome Archives
I’m just imagining her best friend talking to her other friends … “I know she has cholera and everything, but like, why is she such a bitch all the time!? Seriously, that girl turns one shade of blue and she’s all ‘me, me, me.’ I’m OVER her bullshit.”