Punch,  3 (1842), 86.

Moral Pathology on Reigning Complaints



News-Commentary, Drollery


Medical Treatment, Morality, Disease, Commerce

    Notes the continuing spread and resilience of the 'bribery fever'. Reports that 'copious bleeding and open exposure of unhealthy parts' have been recommended, while the only effective treatment for the most diseased members is 'towelling', 'flagellation', and confinement. Adds that people who pass 'too rapidly from one temperature to another' have been attacked by 'arrogance', an inflammation causing the sufferer to develop an elevated head and shoulders, and an expression of 'indolence and disdain'. The disorder, it concludes, ends in 'bleeding at the nose'.

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