Punch,  33 (1857), 148.

The Fairy Godmother Outdone





Medical Practitioners, Medical Treatment, Charlatanry, Aesthetics, Commerce

    Criticises an advertisement in a Scarborough newspaper for 'PERSONAL BEAUTY, by a Surgeon', noting the suspiciously low cost for such promised cosmetic results. Laments the 'fools who put faith in such advertisements' and pities the fact that the advertiser did not 'endorse the lies with the authority of his name'. Doubts the efficacy of the proposed 'purl' as a draught for making the teeth whiter and thinks the surgeon must be 'a faultless Adonis' if he tries the remedies on himself. Wonders 'how this Admirable Crichton of a "Surgeon" can walk the streets, without being torn by the admiring ladies into a thousand little bits'.

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