Punch,  34 (1858), 241.

The Medical Wisdom of Parliament



News-Commentary, Drollery


Medical Practitioners, Government, Politics, Quackery, Homeopathy, Expertise

    Discuses a petition sent to the House of Commons for bringing Albert I Coffin's 'medico-botanical system' within medical legislation. Questions the ability of Parliament to judge the credibility of Coffin's system and suggests that if it does consider it, then it should also consider the medical systems of Christian F S Hahnemann, James Morison, and advertising quacks. Points out that 'all parliament can do in legislating upon medicine' is to ensure that only those who have satisfied 'competent' medical experts of their skill should be allowed to practice.

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