Vuillard, Edouard (French, 1868-1940)

Louis Henry Vaquez at “La Pitie” Hospital


Reference Type:
Artwork
Year:
1921
Notes/Description:
Louis Henri Vaquez (1860-1936) earned his medical doctorate in 1890, and did important work in the fields of hematology and heart disease. He was the first to describe the blood disorder known as polycythaemia vera, also known as “Osler-Vaquez disease.” In addition, he conducted important research on cardiac arrhythmia and high blood pressure. This calm and serene painting is dedicated to Vaquez, who is seen on clinical rounds in La Pitie Hospital in Paris. The doctor looks down at the patient, resting his hand on her shoulder while his assistants look on—the gazes of all three focus attention on her rather than the well-known Vaquez. Outside the window is a sunny fall day, with patients walking through the garden—presumably what the woman currently in bed has to look forward to under the successful ministrations of the medical staff. Notes by Mariann Smith
Keywords:
Physicians
Art
Physician-Patient Relations
Empathy
Collection:
Academie Nationale de Medicine, Paris