40 Faces of Death: A Grim Reaper Gallery

Death the Leech
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Here we see Death the Leech. It's one of 13 woodcuts from "The Doings of Death" by Scottish artist William Strang (1859- 1921). We see Death attend to a dying woman as if her physician. Is he not the ultimate physician? His house calls terminate all illness and suffering. His cure is absolute.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.