Views & Reviews Medical Classics

The Surgeons

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 12 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2496
  1. Hugh Byrne, specialist registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology, North West Thames deanery
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    Being a patron of the arts might seem beyond the means of most doctors now, but this was not the case for Antonin Gosset, who was the top Parisian urologist when he commissioned this portrait of himself performing an operation in 1912. The artist was Jean-Édouard Vuillard, a Parisian post-impressionist who also turned his hand to printing and the emerging art of photography. He painted interior scenes of ordinary life, including of workers at their daily tasks, and designed sets for theatre productions; and while the “theatre” in this painting would not be familiar to the …

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