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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

Creator/production credits

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

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 Library no. 45002i

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