Punch,  53 (1867), 193.

"Differing Doctors"



Poetry, Drollery


Government, Politics, Medical Practitioners, Medical Treatment

    Begins with an extract from an 'Edinburgh Paper' noting the conferral of the degree of doctor of law on Benjamin Disraeli and Robert Lowe by the University of Edinburgh. The poem begins by pondering the 'Scotch wut, or irony' that may have linked Disraeli and Lowe, and proceeds to consider the differences in politics and attitude between the new doctors. Compares Disraeli and Lowe to two 'Doctors of Medicine' who 'Each other's physic spurn', and suggests that they learn from each other. Concludes by advising the statesmen to 'Take what the other teaches, / For thought the lesson be un-writ, / 'Tis what his practice preaches. "Physician heal thyself", 'twas said, / If thou would'st heal thy brother, / So Doctors, if you'd other teach, / Thus, first, learn of each other'.

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