Mithridatism

Letterpress, Research
2018

This piece explores two parallel tales: the life of a young woman diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and the tale of Mithridates VI, the infamous Roman emperor who was the first noted practitioner of immunotherapy by way of ingesting tiny amounts of toxins to build up a tolerance should he be poisoned by his enemies.

The stories are structured chronologically in a digitally-designed medical log that tracks the evolution of the woman’s condition. Letterpressed into the pages are analogous occurrences from the life of Mithridates.

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