Punch,  33 (1857), 107.

A Finger in a Sling



News-Commentary, Drollery


Invention, Music, Medical Practitioners, Quackery, Language

    Reports on the invention of the 'Trito-Dactylo-Gymnast' which strengthens the third finger of a hand and thus improves a pianist's performance. Speculates on how the composer Felix Mendelssohn would have benefited from such an invention, but warns that the device is supported by a dubious medical witness and that the complex name recalls the thespian John P Harley's quip 'the more Greek the more Quack'.

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