Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860–1904), was a Russian physician, dramaturge and author who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short stories in history. His career as a dramatist produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Chekhov practised as a medical doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife", he once said, "and literature is my mistress".
Henry Tonks studied medicine and was a successful doctor; he regularly took drawing lessons and had a passion for art; during the first world war he produced pastel drawings of facial injuries suffered by soldiers for documentation purposes; as the war carried on he become an ‘official war artist’: after the war he went on to teach at Slade School of Art. Here are a selection of his drawings. Obviously the primitive and non-exacting weaponry of the first world war led to espec
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Electrotherapeutic cage, c 1890-1910. Electricity was particularly modish.The patient would stand inside the cage, which was wrapped in current-carrying wire. The wire produced an electrical field, which would create strong currents within the patient's body without causing discomfort. Or so they say. Dr's believed this increased the metabolism and was particularly helpful in cases of hysteria.