Die Mondsüchtigen

Description (Brief)
A cartoon depicting a dragon clutching a number of men in its arms. There are about 11 men in the dragons arms and one hanging on to its tail. The dragon and the men are 'spewing' German words from their mouths. There are also words printed on the dragons wings and tail. The print is hand colored with watercolors. The background is a green circle filled with goats behind the dragon. The dragon is a yellowish green with a red mouth.
The men in the print are doctors and the words written on the print are different "cures" for cholera. They include 'vinaigre de qualre volcurs' (four thieves vinegar which was thought to ward of plague), 'pulvis doveri' (an opium mixture that is a diuretic) and kajaputöl (cajuput oil which is an anti-septic). The title of the print, die mondsuchtigen, means 'the moonstruck people' (or crazy people).
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
about 1831
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
watercolor (overall material)
white (overall color)
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blue (overall color)
red (overall color)
green (overall color)
brown (overall color)
engraving (overall production method/technique)
overall: 28.3 cm x 21.5 cm; 11 1/8 in x 8 7/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 968
Health & Medicine
Public Health
European Apothecary
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Related Publication
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

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