Medical Dispatch or Doctor Doubledose Killing Two Birds with One Stone

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Title

Medical Dispatch or Doctor Doubledose Killing Two Birds with One Stone

Subject

Social satire, Medicine in art

Description

While the physician in A Going! A Going! is more concerned with making money than healing patients, Doctor Doubledose allows the pleasures of the flesh to override his responsibilities to the sick. In this print the lustful physician shows no concern that the elderly woman is so comatose that her pulse, which he pretends to take, may have altogether stopped. The medications on the table include a jar of opium which he has prescribed in too large a dose. Perhaps this was his plan all along in order to seduce the young daughter, whose cheeks are flushed by his advances. Rowlandson calls attention to doctor’s phallic cane, inscribed “Medical Staff,” to coarsely allude to the true motivation for Doctor Doubledose’s visit.

Creator

Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827)

Source

[no text]

Publisher

Thomas Tegg, London

Date

1810

Contributor

Debra Cashion, in collaboration with Elisabeth Barrett, '15

Format

Hand-colored etching; original dimensions, 338 x 245 mm

Language

[no text]

Type

Still image

Identifier

[no text]

Coverage

[no text]

Files

Medical Dispatch (2).jpg

Citation

Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827), “Medical Dispatch or Doctor Doubledose Killing Two Birds with One Stone,” The Anatomist: Early Modern Medical Satire, accessed September 21, 2017, http://anatomist.omeka.net/items/show/8.