Punch,  19 (1850), 210.

On Birds, Balloon, and Boluses



Essay, Drollery


Quackery, Aeronautics

    Believing 'Quack, quack, quack' to be the 'great motto of medicine', describes some aspects of quackery including 'one professor who invents an ointment for other people's bad legs'. Adds that quackery can be successful because the 'public will swallow anything from a puff to a pill', including Phineas T Barnum. Believes that the 'puff and quack malady will cure itself' and that the public will lose interest in such humbugs as the 'balloon mania'.

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