William Gladstone as a physician taking the pulse of a man ill with influenza (flu), and giving his diagnosis to the patient's friend (another politician); representing a case of excessive political interference by railway financiers. Lithograph attributed to Sam. B., ca. 1870.
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The patient is presumably also a Victorian politician. The blanket draped over his body bears lettering "Sam. B"; possibly the signature of the artist if not the name of the patient. On "railway influence" see Geoffrey Alderman, The railway interest, Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1973