Punch,  16 (1849), 37.

Penmanship and Physicians

Paracelsus Pillicock M.D. U


Essay, Spoof


Medical Treatment, Medical Practitioners, Pharmaceuticals, Nomenclature

    Offers a solution to the grave problem of illegible prescriptions. Having received instruction from Mr Punch, translates one of his prescriptions into plain English. Believes this is especially urgent as the similarity of the symbols for the ounce and drachm in apothecary's language could lead to fatal consequences. Urges the Royal College of Physicians to stop 'concealing from patients what it is that they have to swallow'.

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