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October 20, 1888

AN UNSEEMLY QUARREL.

JAMA. 1888;XI(16):563. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400680023005

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Abstract

In plate V of Hogarth's " Harlot's Progress " is presented the spectacle of two disciples of Æsculapius, who the commentator has the grace to insinuate are not regular, in a hot quarrel over a dying unfortunate, whom each charges the other with having poisoned. The scene points the moral that the doom is the pathetic rounding up of an evil career. Not a single character in this delineation shines with a reflected glory—all is dark, dismal and shuddering. There is a most woful want of all the proprieties, even down to the venal nurse despoiling a dilapidated trunk of its few valuables.

Now why should a magnanimous potentate, full of good-will to men, have been overtaken by the more cruel fate of a death made uneasy by domestic bickerings and court intrigues? Why should a noble profession, full of all beneficence, be besmirched by the quarrels of men oversensitive about a

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