Punch,  25 (1853), 173.

Parsons and Doctors



News-Commentary, Drollery


Medical Treatment, Disease, Religious Authority, Medical Practitioners, Supernaturalism, Homeopathy

    Criticises a claim made by a clergyman in The Times that a mixture of charcoal, brandy, and opium offers a cure for cholera. The author urges the clergyman to 'confine himself to pointing the way to Heaven' and, noting that the 'gift of healing' has 'ceased to be supernaturally imparted', invites clergymen to gain medical expertise in hospitals. Warns divines who practise homeopathy to 'stick to theological mysticism'.

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