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Rowlandson comments on dentistry in this work, suggesting that treatment in the days before anesthesia was as painful as the ailment.
Originally published by Rowlandson in 1788, this print shows Ague, the snake, wrapped around the patient, while Fever, the furry monster, stands behind him. On the right is a physician writing a prescription. A quote by Milton on the bottom of theā€¦
Dropsy, the stout man, is shown courting consumption, the withered woman. Rowlandson contrasts these 19th century figures to the statue of the classical Hercules.

Rowlandson's derision of the medical profession is illustrated by a group of doctors attempting an amputation.
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