Sganarelle chops up wood for a living and beats up his wife for relaxation. To get revenge she spreads the word that he is secretly a brilliant doctor who won't reveal his skills unless he is unmercifully punished. Along come a couple of hefty messengers in search of a brilliant doctor, someone to cure a young woman's mysterious ailment. After a bruising treatment, Sganarelle is persuaded that he really is a doctor and proceeds to cure the young woman as he carries out Moliere's scalpel sharp satire of the medical profession.
"All of us must be grateful that a sympathetic and gifted translator, has turned his attention to Moliere." - Stanley Kauffmann