Punch,  35 (1858), 28.

Medical Confiscation





Medical Treatment, Medical Practitioners, Politics, Government, Commerce, Quackery

    Ironically applauds the clause in the medical bill 'now passing through Parliament' obliging medical practitioners to pay a compulsory registration fee at a rate set by the proposed General Medical Council. Warns that this clause will allow the council to increase the fee to such a level as might drive poor doctors out of practice. Urges that if the fee is not to be punitive, it should be fixed at a shilling, and observes that this is quite high enough a price to pay for enabling a medical practitioner to 'maintain a lawsuit against any patient who will not or cannot pay him his bill' and to obtain the practice of any neighbouring quack disqualified by the legislation.

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