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In the eighteen hundred and sixties and until the gay nineties every household which was supposed to be strictly up to date possessed one of John Rogers' groups, which covered a wide range of subjects. The one in the illustration has a particular interest, for Dr. Willard Parker, the celebrated New York surgeon for whom the Willard Parker Hospital in New York was named, served as a model for the doctor. The dressing gown and smoking cap, in those days familiar enough, seem strange today.
A John Rogers group, showing a doctor and a poor patient. The doctor is Willard Parker.
Dr. Parker was a remarkable character, and a sketch of his life, together with the diary he kept while studying in Paris, edited, appeared not long ago in the Annals of Medical History. Dr. Parker was one of the first to operate for appendicitis.
John Rogers was born in
RUHRAH J. THE DOCTOR AND THE POOR PATIENT. Am J Dis Child. 1935;49(1):194. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970010203019