Punch,  12 (1847), 270.

Strange Epidemic



Reportage, Spoof


Disease, Mental Illness, Medical Treatment

    Reports on symptoms exhibited by the clerks who pay money-orders at the General Post Office. Symptoms include 'vacant staring of the eyes directly an order is presented to [them] for payment', 'speechlessness', an apparently 'paralysed' hand, and a 'species of coma' which renders the paying-out operation 'painful to witness' and 'exceedingly tedious'.

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