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Engraving of woman receiving medical treatment

Engraving of woman receiving medical treatment

N800/0019

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JEAN-LOUP CHARMET / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY JEAN-LOUP CHARMET / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

A 17th century engraving by Guerard showing a woman being bled by doctors. The annotations explain how bleeding can relieve corns, how medicine can stop tooth-ache, and how to relieve the problem of painful flatulence by injecting emollients into the intestines. The doctor on the right is clutching the instrument used in the latter procedure. In the background a post mortem is taking place. The rhyme beneath the picture, entitled 'Cures for all ills', reads: 'If you have quarternary fever, corns or migraine, sickness in spirit or in body, inside or outside, then purge, bleed and take strong clysters; either you will die or things will work out well.'.

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