Punch,  19 (1850), 230.

The New "Cullen's Practice of Physic"



Essay, Drollery


Medical Treatment, Christianity, Pharmaceuticals, Astronomy, Religious Authority, Anti-Scientism

    Responding to news that the Royal College of Physicians has prayed for Queen Victoria to repel 'Papal aggression', speculates on the contents of a new edition of William Cullen's 'renowned' Practice of Physic—deliberately confusing the names of the eighteenth-century medical writer and the Catholic Primate of Ireland, Paul Cullen . Argues that the assertion that 'the sun is but two yards in diameter' will result in the materia medica consisting entirely of such remedies as 'holy shin and other bones' and 'canonised rags'.

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