Punch,  26 (1854), 57.

Medical Reform Bills





Medical Practitioners, Charlatanry, Commerce, Quackery

    Urges medical men to 'do something towards reforming their Profession', complaining that a 'doctor's remuneration' is based on the 'smallness and not the magnitude of his services'. Illustrates this argument with the case of two fictional and contrasting doctors: Dr Head administers a 'judicious dose' to a patient, cures his patient, but only gets paid five shillings; Dr Block tries a wide range of ineffective treatments on the same patient who makes him wealthy. Urges that physicians be allowed to charge according to the 'importance' of the disease, a move it is believed will 'expedite' rather than retard the cure of patients.

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