Punch,  31 (1856), 111.

Early Closing Blue Bottles





Pharmaceuticals, Medical Treatment, Commerce, Medical Practitioners

    Discusses the attempt by the assistants of chemists and druggists to gain the right to close the shops early and take a holiday on Sunday. Agreeing that such practitioners should not 'be subjected to perpetual pestle-and-mortardom', explains that the proposal is to free them from the 'atmosphere' of toxic chemicals. Stresses that the need to cater to those who 'really' require medicines after 8 p.m. and on Sundays has been met by the presence of somebody on the premises. Concludes by explaining that long opening hours are commercially unprofitable for chemists and druggists.

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