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“No other professional group (lawyers, the clergy) was so vigorously and prolifically satirised in this age as medical men. The endeavour was indeed a national sport. Satirists especially chose self-professed rationalists as their targets, although virtually every attribute of doctors was lambasted: their pedantry, mercilessness, immodesty, public antics, bigotry, pretensions, panaceas.”
G.S. Rousseau, Enlightenment borders: pre- and post-modern discourses : medical, scientific (Manchester University Press 1991), p. 136
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A lecherous doctor taking the pulse of an old woman whilst fondling a young one.
(Coloured etching by T. Rowlandson, 1810.)
Why not take a look at the story of the rabbit-woman Mary Tofts and her examination by the medical men? See Imagining monsters: miscreations of the self in eighteenth-century England. By Dennis Todd (University of Chicago Press, 1995)