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A taste of their own medicine: satirical images of doctors practising their craft in the 18th and 19th centuries adorn postcards available from the museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

The set of 24 cards has been chosen to reflect the museum's collection, and includes caricatures that offer a jaundiced commentary on the greed and vanity of medical professionals and the gullibility of their patients. Pictured here is a work by William Heath, published in 1829.

There is a catalogue of the museum's collection entitled The Bruising Apothecary.

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