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A group of physicians wrongly diagnosing the case of a pregnant woman. Coloured etching by I. Cruikshank, 1803.

  • Cruikshank, Isaac, 1756?-1811?
28 January 1804
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The physician prodding the woman's stomach is saying: "tis a collection of water", another taking her pulse retorts: "well, I think it is wind". The short physician says: "I take it to be something between wind & water", the taller physician with tartan breeches replies: "In gude truth gentlemen ye're a'wrang, ye may depend on it to be a surfeit from the too free use of 'Turn-ups' which nothing, but time will remove"


London (20 Strand) : T. Williamson, 28 January 1804.

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1 print : etching, with watercolour ; platemark 25.3 x 34.3 cm


Time the best doctor. I.Ck.

References note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. VIII, London 1947, no. 10182


Wellcome Library no. 11402i



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