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'The Medical Student', sheet music cover, lithograph, England, 1875-1885

This comic song, by the surgeon and satirical author Albert Smith (1816-60), was a comment on the appearance and behaviour of the typical medical student. Smith describes such a student as a wild animal, an irresponsible member of society who drinks and smokes too much. The medical student (who was always male at this time) is, however, a fashionable dresser.

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Glossary: comedy

a play, film, etc., of an amusing or satirical character, usually with a happy ending. The traditional theatrical genre can be simply described as a dramatic performance which pits two societies against each other in an amusing agon or conflict. However, in modern times the term has adopted a popular connotation associated with a variety of different media that proports to make others amused.

Glossary: print

Pictorial works produced by transferring images by means of a matrix such as a plate, block, or screen, using any of various printing processes. When emphasizing the individual printed image, use "impressions." Avoid the controversial expression "original prints," except in reference to discussions of the expression's use. If prints are neither "reproductive prints" nor "popular prints," use just "prints."

Glossary: medical education

Medical education is education related to the practice of being a medical practitioner, either the initial training to become a doctor (i.e., medical school and internship) or additional training thereafter (e.g., residency and fellowship.)

Glossary: lithograph

Prints made using the process of lithography - a method for printing using a plate or stone with a completely smooth surface.

Glossary: satire

An artistic form where human actions and errors are mocked.