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Pediatrics in Art
November 1932


Am J Dis Child. 1932;44(5):1077. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1932.01950120159015

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Guido Reni (1575-1642) of Calvanzaas, near Bologna, contributes an interesting picture relating to infantile alcoholism, a subject of interest today owing to prohibition. His "Little Bacchus" in the Dresden Gallery illustrates several of the symptoms produced by alcohol—drowsiness, carelessness and the easy influence of suggestion as evidenced by the urination induced by the sound of the running wine. As Shakespeare has it in Macbeth, the Porter answers Macduff's question: "What three things does drink especially provoke?" "Marry Sir, nose painting, sleep and urine." The photograph is by Königliche Gemälde Gallerie, Dresden.

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