Statue showing a doctor treating a poor person, Europe, 1850-1900

1850-1900 in Europe

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Plaster cast of moralistic Victorian statue showing doctor or pharmacist attending to pauper's body

‘The Charity Patient’ plaster statue shows a doctor or a pharmacist attending to a mother, dressed in rags, with a small baby. The doctor examines the baby while grinding up a treatment in a pestle and mortar. Medical treatment was not free, so the poor had to rely on charitable provision or workhouse infirmaries.


Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
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  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • pounder
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • grinder - tool
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture

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