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Overtreatment in 1848 [EOL in Art 3]

Edward Lamson Henry portrays his ailing fiancee, Kate White of Philadelphia, who died around the time of the painting.  The flowers, fruit, and cakes, and sunlight make this look like something other than a deathbed scene.

But look at all that medicine on the nightstand.  How much of it helped her?  How much of it actually hastened her death?  How much have things failed to change in 170 years?

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