Punch,  30 (1856), 246.

A Striking Novelty in Medicine



News-Commentary, Drollery


Medical Treatment, Health

    Discusses the 'Movement Cure', a novel medical treatment in which a patient is pushed about rather than drugged. Points out that 'Humanity is to be treated like an old carpet, which is to be revived by a thorough good beating'. Explains that while in former medical treatments the 'gymnastics were purely active', in this new treatment 'the patient is passive' and receives beatings from an assistant. Adds that another form of the treatment involves the patient resisting the 'gymnast's effort of making a certain and determined form of movement', and believes that the 'Tipton Slasher' would be useful for this purpose. Concludes by stating that the narrator's 'nerves are scarcely in a fair state' to give the treatment a 'fair trial'.

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