Punch,  22 (1852), 209.

The Game of Globules



News-Commentary, Drollery


Homeopathy, Quackery, Medical Treatment, Surgery

    Discusses a Morning Post report of the London Homeopathic Hospital dinner. Notes the non-infinitesimal amounts of food eaten and rejects the idea that the Queen's health should depend on 'the power of homeopathy or allopathy'. Following John Epps's remarks, thinks 'the globule reputation is what some people seek [...] when, by agitating for the diffusion of nonsense, they acquire infinitesimal celebrity'. Notes Henry R Madden's argument that Benjamin C Brodie's practice has improved since he discontinued bleeding, and claims that homeopathic patients would have ascribed this success to homeopathy 'no less' than the discontinuance of bleeding. Reminds those ladies and gentleman ignorant of medicine that 'many diseases will get well without the aid of medicine' and that homeopathic globules 'do infinitely small harm'. Introduces 'oudenopathy' as a treatment for the 'really ill' and those who have nothing wrong with them, and, following John Kennaway's remarks, ponders the possibility that homeopathy, like astrology, will outlive the ridicule aimed at it.

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