Punch,  3 (1842), 198.

The Medical Students: Chapter 1—Merely Preliminary  [1/8]



Short Fiction, Satire, Serial


Medical Practitioners, Education, Physiology, Lecturing, Periodicals

    Continues the story of Jack Randall who, in a letter to Punch, fails to appreciate how a surgeon or apothecary could benefit from knowledge of the 'reflex nervous function'. Argues that young students will perform better if they dress more fashionably and will better understand the action of muscles from buying 'single-sticks' and boxing-gloves than from attending lectures and reading books. Describes his dubious activities (including a trade in medical artefacts), his opposition to a proposed medical society, and students' plagiarism. Notes young medical practitioners' anger with Punch's portrayal of medical students.

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