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Mary Toft (Tofts), who duped several doctors into believing she had given birth to a litter of rabbits: twelve episodes. Etching.

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17343i
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On Mary Toft see the Dictionary of national biography. She lived at Godalming (Godliman) near Guildford, Surrey. She claimed to have given birth to rabbits after having had a dream about rabbits while pregnant (in accordance with the idea of the influence of maternal imagination). She later stated the births were a hoax, suggested and activated by another woman

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1 print : etching

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The doctors in labour; or a new whim wham from Guildford. ...

References note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. II London 1873, no. 1781
Lisa Cody, '"The doctor's in labour; or a new whim wham from Guildford"', Gender & history, 1992, 4: 175-196

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Lettering continues: "Being a representation of ye frauds by which ye Godliman woman, carried on her pretended rabbit-breeding; also of ye simplicity of our doctors, by which they assisted to carry on that imposture, discover'd their own skills, & contributed to ye mirth of His Majesties liege subjects."
Below each of the twelve episodes is accompanying text

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Wellcome Library no. 17343i

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