Punch,  12 (1847), 134.

Protection for British Quackery



Illustration, Satire; Reportage, Spoof

Relevant illustrations:



N, pseud.  [William Newman] *


Quackery, Medical Treatment, Commerce, Class

    Reports that, following the government abolition of inter-mural interments, 'extreme agitation' has broken out amongst 'proprietors of patent medicines', who have 'vested interests' in churchyards. Explains that 'poor people not only consume the patent medicines but the patent medicines consume the poor people', and thus the churchyard is 'self-supplying'. Notes that vendors of patent medicine will be meeting to petition the Houses of Parliament against the 'loss of revenue' occasioned by this measure. The illustration depicts patent pills of various shapes and sizes participating in this meeting.

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