Date of Work
Initialed in the lithographic stone.
University Art Collections: Lilly Jacobson Collection, Art & Design Dept.
UND Art Collections Gallery at the Empire Arts Center
Published in Le Charivari
Original text: Mon cher je t'assure que je te trouve mauvaise mine ce matin..... ce n'est pas en médecin que je te parle, c'est en ami..... je veux absolument te soigner... mieux que je ne me soignerais moi-même..... je vais t'appliquer trente sangsues à l'épigastre, et si demain matin je ne te trouve pas plus robuste, je t'en réappliquerai soixante!.....
In Daumier’s lithograph, a zealous doctor does not think his friend looks well and offers to restore his health through a serious dose of bloodletting. Although today, bloodletting to cure or prevent illness, or treat injuries, is generally viewed as harmful, the practice remained a common medical practice in Daumier’s day. The use of leeches for this purpose became widespread during the nineteenth century. By the 1830s, leeches were so often used that France was importing about forty million a year for medical bleeding.
Included in the Honoré Daumier III: Law, Medicine, and Social Satire exhibition, 2018.