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Doctor taking a female patient's pulse

von Stillfried-Ratenicz, Franz, 1881, Photograph
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Doctor taking a female patient's pulse
Doctor taking a female patient's pulse
Doctor taking a female patient's pulse
Doctor taking a female patient's pulse
Library Item
15124
Doctor taking a female patient's pulse
A Japanese doctor sits on a tatami mat whilst taking a young female patient's pulse. His head is shaved and he wears a sword ('bokuto') under a simple kimono. His patient is wearing a headband and a 'tanzen' or 'dotera', a thick and heavy quilt usually worn over kimonos in winter.
A small tobacco tray lies in front of them, next to a long smocking pipe ('kiseru'). To their right is a 'hakohibachi', a brazier encased in a wooden chest with teapots on it. To their left is a larger cabinet containing what seems to be a vase and bowls. Paper screens or 'shoji' cover most of the back wall.
1881
19.5 x 24 cm
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