The doctor holds out his hand to receive a urine specimen belonging to a decrepit old man at the door, but given to him by Death who seems to be challenging the doctor to cure the old man who is already in his power. A latin motto beneath the picture urges, Physician - heal thyself.
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The Dance of Death is an important allegory commenting on human mortality and the passing transience of life. It depicts Death as a fairly jovial skeleton armed with a scythe, who invites his victims to a dance which invariably ends in their demise. The point of the allegory is that no one can refuse its invitation to the dance: hgh church officials, kings or paupers, all must dance and eventually die.