Punch,  17 (1849), 190.

Disagreement of the Doctors



Essay, Drollery


Medical Practitioners, Disease, Cell Biology, Epidemiology, Theory

    Remarking on the short lifetime of theories proposed to explain the cholera, the author discusses the Royal College of Physicians' rejection of Frederick Brittan's hypothesis. Details five arguments put forward against the hypothesis, each of which pokes fun at medical practitioners and practices. For example, 'The alleged irregular cells, which were supposed to be peculiar to the disease, have been found to have no necessary connection with it, and the irregular cells have been disposed of as regular sells to the doctor who thought he had found important facts enclosed in them'.

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