Sunday, October 10, 2021


La ronde dos médecins et dos potards
The dance of doctors, pharmacy. Folk medicine is ironized in the figure of women: Le quinine, Antipyrine.

A man with the flu, taken by the hands of a doctor, surrounded by dancing politicians-skeletons.
Wood engraving by Pépin (E. Guillaumin), 1889.
Iconographic Collections

On January 12, 1890, the edition of the satirical magazine Le Grelot (FR) published a cartoon in which an unfortunate patient with the flu is oppressed by a circle of doctors, pharmacists  and their products, death specters and dancers, figures of grotesque women, representing the disease-fighting resources used by common folk.

IN Everyone has Influenza - The Round of Doctors and Druggists 

What was, this is what will be; and what has been done, that will be done; there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9

SOURCE: 1889–1890 Pandemic
[accessed October 10, 2021)

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