Punch,  30 (1856), 142–43.

Punch's Essence of Parliament



Regular Feature, Reportage, Spoof


Medical Treatment, Medical Practitioners, Morality, Quackery, Politics, Government, Progress

    Reporting on the discussion of Thomas E Headlam's medical bill 'for registering our doctors', notes the lack of consensus over medical reform and the methods to thwart quackery. Notes that while Punch holds most medical professionals as 'honourable and kind-hearted men, sincerely desirous to do their best for science and humanity', condemns the 'old jobbers' who 'oppose the advances of enlightenment' and the 'advertising quacks'. Adds that this bill will 'affect neither nuisance' and notes the date when this legislation will next be considered. (142)

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