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Now and again someone well grounded in medical history and conversant with literature and belles lettres can make a startling and perceptive contribution to the doctor's enjoyment of the doctor's image, old style. Many of us on the contemporary scene have only vague ideas of the great contribution of lampoon, satire, and parody or indeed drama, poetry, and literature to an understanding of medicine's image in the past. Perceptive readers have delighted in Dr. Herbert Silvette's own satiric thrusts at medical "characters" in such books as Eve's Other Apple and Grave Example, written under the happy name of Barnaby Dogbolt, the other dogbolt.
There were some good things to say about the physician in the 17th century. Only a few. This extraordinary audiovisual collection of The Doctor on the Stage pays no attention to them, for they are hardly the subject for rollicking, bawdy, and Rabelaisian buffoonery. Anyone who has
Bean WB. The Doctor on the Stage: Medicine and Medical Men in Seventeenth Century England.. Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(1):82-83. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00300060084021