Punch,  25 (1853), 192.

The Fast Men of Edinburgh



News-Commentary, Drollery


Nutrition, Disease, Superstition, Supernaturalism, Religious Authority, Religion, Sanitation, Public Health, Class

    Reports on the advocacy by Home Secretary Henry J Temple (3rd Viscount Palmerston) of good diet, washing and, as a last resort, prayer, as a means of preventing cholera. Denies the power of prayer to thwart cholera but attacks the views of the Presbytery of Edinburgh who advocate fasting to check the disease.

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