A man with influenza, taken in hand by a doctor, surrounded by dancing politicians. Wood engraving by Pépin (E. Guillaumin), 1889.
- Pépin, 1842-
- 12 January 1890
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Refers to an influenza epidemic in Paris and Europe generally at the time, which is mentioned on p. 2 of this issue of Le grelot: "L'influenza continue à sévir". See F.B. Smith, 'The Russian influenza in the United Kingdom 1889-1894', Social history of medicine, 1995, vol. 8: 55-73
The man with influenza shivers in the embrace of a doctor who flourishes a prescription marked "Ordonnance. ...Au nom de la Faculté". A trio of skeletons play dance music on the bagpipes, drums and flute, and the politicians dance around in a ring with women marked with the names of influenza remedies ("Antipyrine", "La quinine", "Fleurs pectorales")