A hypochondriac patient consulting a cynical physician: the patient is healthy, but the physician will provide a treatment that will produce some symptoms of ill-health. Pen drawing, 183-(?).
- [between 1830 and 1839?]
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The physician is an eighteenth-century type, with a wig and cane, such as the author of this drawing may have witnessed when young: he takes the patient's pulse. The patient resembles Tenniel's drawing of the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland (possibly both drawing from the same source). The remarks spoken by the physician and the patient appear (in different wording) in a print with lettering "The family physician" (Wellcome Library catalogue no. 10970i)