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Parran, Shadow on the Land (Graphic Proofs)

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Title

Parran, Shadow on the Land (Graphic Proofs)

Description

These items are proofs of the pictorial statistics (infographics) included in Thomas Parran's book Shadow on the Land. These images circulated widely due to the publication of not only the book but also periodical articles on the topic and an educational edition of Shadow. The graphics were also reprinted as posters and distributed by the ASHA.

Creator

Thomas Parran
Pictorial Statistics, Inc

Date

1937

Items in the Parran, Shadow on the Land (Graphic Proofs) Collection

This pictorial statistic shows syphilis rates among different African American communities. It uses a symbol of a man with a spirochete on his chest to represent the statistic. It is a graphic print for an image that appeared in Parran's 1937 book,…

This pictorial statistic conveys that syphilis is responsible for 15% of cases of blindness. It repeats the symbol of a blind man to represent the statistic. It is a graphic print for an image that appeared in Parran's 1937 book, Shadow on the Land.

This pictorial statistic conveys that most patients get less that 10 injections of treatment and that only a few injections commonly leads to relapses of syphilis. It uses images of syringes and men sitting and standing to represent the statistics.…

This pictorial statistic shows syphilis atop a list of health threats including scarlet fever, TB, auto accidents, and diphtheria. It is a graphic print for an image that appeared in Parran's 1937 book, Shadow on the Land.

This pictorial statistic compares the incidence of syphilis in New York State and Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Sweden). Though they have roughly equal populations, Scandinavia has a much lower rate of disease. It is a graphic print for an image that…

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