Flea infestation, satirical artwork

Flea infestation, satirical artwork

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Caption: Flea infestation. 17th century artwork depicting a group of women suffering from an infestation of fleas (small black dots). The artwork dates from circa 1650, and the caption is in both German (left) and Latin (right). The titles are: 'Der Weiber Floh Scharmitzel' (German) and 'Velitatio Mulierum Pulicosa' (Latin). This version of the image was obtained from Trieste, from the collection of the Austrian physician Josef Brettauer (1835-1905). It was then reproduced in 'Die Karikatur und Satire in der Medizin' (Caricature and Satire in Medicine, 1921) by the German art historian and physician Eugen Hollander (1867-1932).

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