A surgeon letting blood from a woman's arm, and a physician examining a urine-flask. Oil painting by a Flemish painter, 18th (?) century.

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In the foreground a surgeon and his servant boy are letting blood from a well dressed woman's arm whilst a physician is examining a urine flask. Background right, a surgeon operates on a man, possibly performing an operation for cataract

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1 painting : oil on canvas ; canvas 64 x 84.5 cm

References note

Journal of the American Medical Association, 22 February 1971, vol. 215, no. 8, p. 1219, front cover illustration as by "Richard Blakenburg" [sic]
Corrado Lavini, Medicina ed arti figurative: due mondi affascinanti, un rapporto profondo e complesso, Modena 2009, p. 99 (reproduced)


Wellcome Collection 45002i

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The composition is similar to that of paintings by Balthasar van den Bossche. It may be a copy of one of his works. A version with many differences, attributed to Hendrick Govaerts, was in a private collection in Minden, Westphalia, in 1976

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