Anteriormente à existência de serviços estaduais de saúde as visitas médicas eram feitas por médicos independentes ou contratados a nível regional. Perante casos difíceis procediam a juntas médicas com a finalidade de ouvir a opinião de outros colegas.
Prior to the existence of state health medical services visits were made by independent doctors or engaged on a regional level. Faced with difficult cases proceeded to medical boards in order to hear the views of other colleagues
Jan Havickszoon Steen (1626-1679)-'the doctor and his patient'-oil on canvas Amsterdam-Rijksmuseum
Jan Havickszoon Steen (1626-1679)-'doctor's visit'-oil on panel-(1658-1662) London-Wellington Museum
Jan Havickszoon Steen (1626-1679)-'the doctor's visit'-oil on panel St Petersburg-Hermitage
Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827)-'the doctors consultation'-canvas-(1815-1820) Hartford (Connecticut)-Yale Centre for British Art
Samuel Luke Fieldes (1843-1927)-'the doctor'-oil on canvas-1891