Punch,  5 (1843), 171.

Post Mortem Examination of a Sharp-Practice Lawyer



Essay, Drollery


Medical Treatment, Physiognomy, Anatomy, Soul, Physiology

    Punch recounts its examination of the cadaver of Mr Caveat Club, a recently deceased lawyer notorious for his 'pettifogging'. Describing the cadaver's exterior features, it notes that the body 'presented an intense expression of roguery' and resembled an animal. Having opened up the chest, Punch notes that the heart was in the 'wrong place', 'small', 'stony', and 'black'. Its description of the inside of the body also includes the observation that the 'pineal gland, which is said to be the seat of the soul, was altogether in a state of disease', and that the 'anterior lobes' showed signs of such base activities as 'quibbling', 'cavilling', and 'plotting'.

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