Punch,  12 (1847), 44.

The Value of Health at Liverpool



News-Commentary, Drollery


Public Health, Sanitation, Medical Practitioners, Commerce, Pollution

    Mr Punch's response to an advertisement for a salaried 'Officer of Health' at Liverpool Town Council. Punch promises to find a suitable candidate and swears that this 'medical gentleman' shall 'endeavour to make money by private practice only' during his spare leisure moments. Stresses that his candidate will not let financial considerations blind him to 'nuisances'. For example, the candidate will 'denounce' a patient who is a 'rich butcher' owning a slaughterhouse in a 'populous neighbourhood'. Concludes by asking the town council for money.

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