Woman, seated, wearing jade earrings. Pendulant tumors in both breasts.

Lam Qua’s Portraits of Peter Parker’s Patients / Public domain

Lú-shú, aged 42, of the district of Nanhai, first presented herself at the hospital, April 17th; and when about to operate upon her, after a few weeks preparatory treatment, her impatient opium-smoking husband, suddenly summoned her home, and the woman returned and renewed the request to have her burden removed, which has increased nearly one third since she first presented herself.

Painting by Lam Qua from Peter Parker’s Lam Qua Paintings Collection at Yale University.