Artatomical: 'The Physician Curing Fantasy'

Artatomical: 'The Physician Curing Fantasy'
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Here we see a satirical illustration entitled 'The Physician Curing Fantasy' by Mathaus Greuter (1564-1638) satirizing the modern medical treatments of the late 1590s or early 1600s. At left, we see a doctor pouring liquid through a funnel into a patient's mouth. While the medicine is undoubtedly foul, there's no denying its effectiveness as it causes the patient to defecate a trio of homunculi out into a chamber pot. Meanwhile, in the foreground, another patient is pushed into the "Furnace to Purge Folly," resulting in the eruption of various phantasmagorical images.