Punch,  27 (1854), 241.

The Poisoners of the Present Century





Nutrition, Adulteration, Chemistry, Medical Treatment, Physiology, Pharmaceuticals

    Responds to a Morning Post report of 'an assemblage of medical and scientific gentlemen' who discussed legislation on 'rubbish' admitted to the human body. Explains how the consumer is cheated out of the real nutrients supposed to be contained in food and that instead he is subjected to heavily adulterated bread, cream, grains of Paradise, honey, and peppermint lozenges. Concludes by noting that 'it does not appear that the meeting succeeded in devising any adequate punishment for the adulteration of diet and medicine' and suggests that offenders be punished by subjecting them to their own adulterated food.

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