Punch,  13 (1847), 238.

Punch and the Influenza

[William M Thackeray] *


Reportage, Drollery

Relevant illustrations:

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Disease, Medical Treatment

    Describes how Punch contributors sought to overcome their symptoms of influenza and still undertake their literary work. Notes that the 'celebrated Br—wn' (a reference to William M Thackeray) was taking a 'warm bath', whilst the 'Fat one' (probably an allusion to Mark Lemon), despite his contraction of such diseases as 'the Yellow Fever' and 'Jungle Fever', was 'more jocose and brilliant than ever'. The illustrations show how Punch contributors dealt with their conditions. Most are seen tucked up in bed, but Thackeray (the only identifiable figure) is seen in a steam bath.

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