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Hear Some Of The Ridiculous Things We Used To Do To Cure Diseases Before This Guy Invented Vaccines

Life before modern medicine was absolutely frightful. Every once in a while, a brilliant person would come along and figure out things we totally take for granted now, like hand-washing or how some "afflictions" are "catching." But can you imagine figuring out how to protect people against diseases before they got sick? Edward Jenner did, and the story is both fascinating and tragic.

Hear Some Of The Ridiculous Things We Used To Do To Cure Diseases Before This Guy Invented Vaccines
Credit: Haley Morris-Cafiero

Artist Haley Morris-Cafiero describes herself on her website as "part performer, part artist, part provocateur, part spectator." Her recent project, titled "Wait Watchers" has elements of all her self-descriptors.

In an email to us, Morris-Cafiero explained that she set up a camera in the street and stood in front of it, doing mundane activities like looking at a map or eating gelato. While she's standing there she sets off her camera, taking hundreds of photos.

Later, she looks through them and sees what is happening around her. Morris-Cafiero finds that people are often looking at her body, or commenting on it with their gaze or body language, at times even appearing to mock her.

"I then examine the images to see if any of the passersby had a critical or questioning element in their face or body language."

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