Punch,  41 (1861), 150.

Medical Manslaughter





Medical Treatment, Narcotics, Language, Education, Class

    With reference to cases in which patients have been given incorrect and often poisonous medicines, notes the act of Parliament that requires all poisons to be labelled as such. Emphasises the confusion caused by surgeons and chemists labelling the same substances 'For External application only', a practice confusing to the illiterate domestic servants who might administer medicines. Suggests that this long-winded medical phrase be replaced with something more intelligible such as 'Not to be took Inside'.

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