Punch,  37 (1859), 165.

Quacks and their Constituents



News-Commentary, Drollery


Quackery, Homeopathy, Hospitals, Lecturing, Education, Surgery

    Discusses an advertisement for four lectureships at the London Homeopathic Hospital Medical School. Contends that the hospital's subscribers will employ medical attendants who can lecture 'on the various homeopathic humbugs' to a 'crazed and credulous audience'. Ridicules the description of each lectureship. For example, considers the idea of 'Surgery as Modified by Homeopathy' to be 'very interesting [...] particularly if the lecturer could make out the amputation of a limb to be practicable with an infinitesimal knife'. Developing this attack on 'minute medical philosophy', suggests that homeopathic lecturers should speak for seconds rather than the proposed 'hours' and that they be paid only farthings.

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