As elsewhere in this series Goya has joined two prints together by means of their titles. This is the second of a pair, the first of which (entitled They can still be of use) shows badly wounded figures being dragged from the field of battle. The present work shows the bedlam of a hospital, with new arrivals being dumped unceremoniously on the floor. The wounded are utterly disregarded, and Goya's bitter title reinforces the dehumanising aspect by not even referring to them as men or human beings.
The rather curious pale oval patch to the right of the standing figure in the centre of the image is thought to be Goya's thumb print, which he inadvertently placed on the copper plate - the grease from which acted as a resist, reducing the biting effect of the acid.