Quack Doctor

Artist/maker unknown, American

Geography:
Made in United States, North and Central America

Date:
c. 1890

Medium:
Hand-colored engraving (valentine)

Dimensions:
Sheet: 9 5/8 x 7 1/16 inches (24.5 x 18 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1988-102-7

Credit Line:
The William H. Helfand Collection, 1988

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  • PublicationPicture of Health: Images of Medicine and Pharmacy from the William H. Helfand Collection

    Comic valentines first appeared in Great Britain and North America in the middle of the nineteenth century. They were usually sent anonymously, and were often poorly printed on cheap paper with insulting verses that attacked all trades, professions, and offensive habits such as smoking. Not surprisingly, the health professionals--doctors, pharmacists, dentists, nurses, and their colleagues--came in for their share of abuse, as the example of the quack doctor shows. William H. Helfand, from The Picture of Health: Images of Medicine and Pharmacy from the William H. Helfand Collection (1991), p. 132.