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Pediatrics in Art |

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JOHN RUHRÄH, M.D
Am J Dis Child. 1934;47(1):187-188. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1934.01960080196013.
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An unknown painter, of the Oberdeutsch school, about 1450 painted a lying-in scene which now hangs in the Lichtenstein Palace in Vienna. Some state that it recounts an old legend of a saint, but I have not been able to locate it. The saint is seen in the picture giving his blessing with a most correct gesture. Perhaps he thought a woman with quadruplets would need it. Three of the children already swathed lie on the bed, while the mother hands the last naked child to the midwife. The cradle stands to one side, and it is evident that the arrival of four was not expected. There is a tub for bathing the children, and the midwife's kit lies open, showing some binders. The bed is interesting as it has a short baldachin after the manner of the beds found in the Tyrol. A picture of interest in this connection

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