Song of the Chemist and Druggist
Medical Practitioners, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Treatment, Commerce
Aimed at 'Medical Bill Framers', this song describes a chemist's 'over the counter' trade in drugs. Observes that while legislators would stop him from answering 'an old woman, "What's good for the bile?"', he intends to defy prohibition and sell her a remedy. Proceeds to explain how he gives 'physick' to patients (including Mrs Harris and Mrs Gamp) and asks how a medical bill can stop him dispensing various remedies 'Whilst I'm free / Still to ply pestle and mortar'.
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