Find thousands of books, manuscripts, visual materials and unpublished archives from our collections, many of them with free online access.

A doctor who writes books of sexual advice talking to his cynical publisher. Coloured lithograph, 1852.

Date
[1852?]
Reference
563205i
Part of
Morality of modern medicine-mongers. Dedicated to the husbands, fathers, and brothers, of England, and also to the societies for the prevention of vice
  • Pictures
  • Online

Available online

view A doctor who writes books of sexual advice talking to his cynical publisher. Coloured lithograph, 1852.

Licence

Public Domain Mark
You can use this work for any purpose without restriction under copyright law.
Public Domain Mark (PDM) terms and conditions https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0
Credit: A doctor who writes books of sexual advice talking to his cynical publisher. Coloured lithograph, 1852. Wellcome Collection. Public Domain Mark

Selected images from this work


About this work

Publication/Creation

[London (Euston-Road)] : [British College of Health], [1852?]

Physical description

1 print : lithograph, with watercolour

Lettering

The obscene M.D.

Lettering note

Contains dialogue: [Publisher:] "Your last book goes off famously, doctor; the young fellows come in, by dozens, to buy it. Nothing like a highly-seasoned work, to sell: -So I have advertised it in all the papers which find their way into schools and colleges. We can push the thing, because it is written by an M.D.; the police authorities can't touch us, we are beyond all law; because we are privileged by the law to write obscene books, and call it science. This trade of ours enables us to ride about in our carriages, with a lot of servants, all of which is owing to the mystery and confusion in which the whole question is kept by the Royal colleges, as they are called." [Doctor:] Ha! ha! ha! -capital, by Jove. Yes, as you say, Mr. Quarto, we may defy the police and all the anti-vice societies: let these touch an M.D., if they can: our diplomas protect us. It's a jolly lark, though, isn't it? Licensed to write, publish and sell, all the obscenities we can collect. By-the-by, I like the way in which you got the plate coloured in my last; it leaves nothing to the imagination. The only thing which can knock up our trade is, Mr. Morison's system, by which everyone becomes his own physician." [A wastepaper basket is marked: 100 letters for advice (fee 1 guinea each) from deluded patients. [Books scattered on floor:] Manly vigour. With 100 engravings. Silent friend. 50 coloured engravings. Mysteries of matrimony. With engravings. Human happiness. By a member of the Royal College of Physicians. 100 engravings.
A wastepaper basket is marked: "100 letters for advice (fee 1 guinea each) from deluded patients". Books scattered on floor: Manly vigour. With 100 engravings. Silent friend. 50 coloured engravings. Mysteries of matrimony. With engravings. Human happiness. By a member of the Royal College of Physicians. 100 engravings.

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 563205i

Languages

  • English


Where to find it

  • LocationStatusAccess
    Closed stores

Permanent link