Ignorant charlatans, suave society figures, money-grubbing hacks…
Medical professionals in the past were represented by satirical artists, publishers and printmakers in a variety of uncomplimentary ways. But we don’t get to see how doctors viewed themselves, or if public perceptions of them matched the stereotypes we see in the historical prints.
As part of our exhibition we invited visitors to create a cartoon, to show their perception of the medical profession.
The winning entries
The competition entries were judged by a panel with expertise in medicine, satirical images and print history who chose their four favourites to go on display.
Here are our winners:
by Tasser Friedrich
‘Austerity Measures is a poignant image that subtly
highlights a major issue in medicine today.’
The modern teaching round
by Paul Grant
‘With its pleasing wealth of detail, this cartoon addresses an issue of concern for both medical practitioners and patients.’
Planet Health Clinic
by Dr Will Liddell
‘This skilfully-drawn scene captures a theme of global significance, raising awareness of the interplay
between health and the environment.’
The radiology request
by Dr Sarah Alexandra Logan
‘Definitely in the top 4. The cartoon is poignant and
describes a very relatable scene for many doctors.’
Who are the judges?
Amanda is currently Collections and House Manager at Ightham Mote, a beautifully preserved medieval mansion in Kent. She has had a varied career including working at Punch Magazine in Fleet Street and holding posts as a trustee and lead curator for the Cartoon Arts Trust and the Cartoon Museum. Recent freelance work has included researching and curating exhibitions at Royal Academy Collections. She has given seminars regularly at the Rare Book School at the V&A on German Romantic Illustration.
Professor Ramesh Arasaradnam
Ramesh Arasaradnam is the academic vice president at the Royal College of Physicians and a consultant gastroenterologist at University Hospital Coventry. As well as his clinical work and research interests, he provides teaching, learning and educational leadership at the University of Warwick, University of Coventry and the University of Leicester. In 2020, he received the OBE for services to the NHS during the pandemic as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours, having designed a clinical trial for a new COVID-19 treatment, known as the IONIC trial.
Professor Ludmilla Jordanova
Ludmilla Jordanova is Emeritus Professor of History and Visual Culture at Durham University. Her interests include the histories of science and medicine since 1600, visual culture and portraiture, specifically. A recent book is Physicians and their Images, 2018, part of the series published to commemorate the Royal College of Physicians' 500th anniversary. She lives in Scotland and is passionate about museums, galleries, heritage, food and classical music.