A battery of tests


With the NHS much in the news today, I thought this cartoon would ring some bells.  Dated June 1978, almost exactly 35 years ago.  For those of us who are regular hospital

users this is familiar territory; the battery of tests.  For me, Ab gets a remarkable sense of subtext in this picture.  Although the doctor is blathering on, the tests for him an every day procedure,we focus on Celie and Ab.  They’re clearly anxious.  “So many tests”, I think they’re thinking, “they’re bound to uncover something …”


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