Punch,  45 (1863), 135.

Mysteries of Medicine



News-Commentary, Drollery


Medical Treatment, Language, Gender, Chemistry, Religion

    Responds to an advertisement in the Medical Circular from the Edinburgh pharmaceutical firm T & H Smith for their 'aloina' or 'crystaline [sic] principle of aloes' which medical practitioners recommend to 'females both alive and in a combined form'. Draws attention to the grammatical infelicities of this advertisement, and suggests that females in a 'combined form' might mean dead females, but points out that medicine for the dead would be absurd. Concludes by suggesting that the vendor is better at 'metaphysical theology' than chemistry.

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