Punch,  15 (1848), 188.

Posioning made Difficult



News-Commentary; Drama


Medical Treatment, Pharmaceuticals, Crime, Commerce, Political Economy

    Reports on the case of a woman charged with attempting to commit suicide by taking laudanum. Notes that Samuel Birch of the London Hospital supported the charge with a view to stopping chemists and druggists selling laudanum. Criticizes 'Free Trade' in the sale of poisons and suggests that vendors should be fined and imprisoned for selling such drugs to people without a 'warrant, signed / By a physician, or the officer / Of Public Health'.

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