Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Doctor

This large framed poster hangs above the examination couch in my clinic.  It was a gift from Dato Teh Siew Eng a close family friend.

"The Doctor" was painted by Sir Luke Fildes.

'Fildes himself said that he wanted 'to put on record the status of the doctor in our own time'. In his description of the picture he indicates that unlike the case of his own son, this one has a happy ending: 'At the cottage window the dawn begins to steal in - the dawn that is the critical time of all deadly illnesses - and with it the parents again take hope into their hearts, the mother hiding her face to escape giving vent to her emotion, the father laying his hand on the shoulder of his wife in encouragement of the first glimmerings of the joy which is to follow.'

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