Punch,  15 (1848), 254.

Medical Journey-Work and Wages





Medical Practitioners, Status, Radicalism

    Thinks a recent Lancet advertisement for a union workhouse medical assistant illustrates the shocking 'existing relation between medical labour and wages'. Attacks the person ultimately responsible for the advertisement for allowing an assistant to work for only £30 per annum, a salary less than that of workers in such lower trades as bricklaying. Believes 'nothing but high moral feeling can be depended upon to hinder so ill-paid a workman from converting his pestle and mortar into mischievous weapons' and becoming a Chartist. Gloomily anticipates seeing 'young surgeons in want of employment at a statue fair [...] for hire'.

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