Punch,  19 (1850), 209.

Kindred Quacks



Poetry, Drollery


Religious Authority, Medical Practitioners, Charlatanry, Quackery, Hospitals, Commerce, Mesmerism, Homeopathy

    '[T]wo matrons', 'Physic' and 'Divinity', discuss their reasons for feeling ashamed of their children who have turned into 'sad deceivers'. Physic, for example, complains of the way her children cure 'gout and stomach-ache by pawing and by flourishing' and are 'taken up with mesmerism, or joined the homeopathists', while Divinity laments the fact that her children 'pursue a system of gimcrackery, / Called Puseyism, a pack of stuff, and quite as arrant quackery'.

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