Dr. Slop is the man-midwife. He is a "little, squat, uncourtly figure"
of an obstetrician. Readers of the day may have quickly identified
Dr. Slop as a satire against Dr. John Burton, a contemporary expert
in obstetrics and an enemy of Sterne. However, Burton was not a
Catholic, as Slop emphatically is.
Walter champions Slop, no doubt because of the appeal of his pedantic
learning. Walter prefers Slop over the midwife, even through Toby's
suggestion that his sister "does not care to let a man come so near
her ****." Furthermore, Slop places great emphasis on obstetrical
instruments, which of course appeals to Walter, but ultimately
results in the disfiguration of the infant Tristram's face.
Click here for the first passage on Dr.
Slop in Volume II.
| Toby |
father (Walter Shandy) |
Dr Slop |
| HOBBY-HORSE |
Don Quixote |
For a digression on slop, click
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