Punch,  34 (1858), 235.

A Fine Gentleman



News-Commentary, Drollery


Medical Practitioners, Expertise, Charlatanry, Class

    Discusses the question of the gentlemanly status of Mr Watkins Williams who, in a legal trial, denied being a qualified medical practitioner yet had styled himself a doctor but not a member of the Royal College of Surgeons. Notes that counsel denied that the accused was a gentleman because a gentleman 'was one who had no occupation or calling'. Observes that on this basis vagabonds and quacks would qualify as gentlemen.

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