Inscribed LC: "Near Kingston" Signed LR: John W. Taylor Stamped LL: Federal Art Project NYC WPA Addt'l markings: inscribed LRC: 5 Original NY FAP label in file, dated in ink: 8/18/38. Stamped: SEP 1 1938
A color print of a table set with breakfast foods. Two sunny side eggs and three strips of bacon are on a plate on the left side of the table while a knife and fork are rolled in a napkin to the right of the plate as well as a small plate with a pastry. Behind the plate starting at the left is a small plate with butter, a plate with toast, a glass of milk, and a cup of coffee.
Antony van Leewenhoek, draper of seventeenth-century Delft, Holland, in his spare time retired to his "closet" to observe the wonders of the microscopic world through tiny lenses he laboriously ground and mounted. He was the first to report having seen "animalcules" - protozoa and bacteria - and to confirm by direct observation circulation of the blood. Though 200 years elapsed before practical application of his discoveries contributed to medicine, his work laid foundations for modern medicine's tremendous century-long onslaught against diseases caused by bacteria and other microbiologic entities - a world-wide campaign which has resulted in saving of millions of lives.
An Egyptian physician of the Eighteenth Century (1500-1400 B.C.), clothed in clean white linen and a wig, as became the dignity of his status, is confronted with a patient having symptoms of lockjaw (described in an ancient scroll now known as the Edwin Smith papyrus). With sure, sympathetic hands, the physician treats the patient, who is supported by a "brick chair." Directions for treatment appear on the scroll held by his assistant. Specially trained priests observe prescribed magico-religious rites. Egyptian medicine occupied a dominant position in the world of the ancients for 2500 years.