The Rum and Milk Cure for Clergymen
Medical Treatment, Narcotics, Religious Authority, Morality
Discusses a report in The Times concerning the Bishop of Manchester, James P Lee, who accused a curate, Louis H Mordacque, of drunkenness. Explains that when the case was taken to the court of inquiry, it was dismissed because the curate was prescribed 'rum and milk' by his medical attendant for treating his 'weak and nervous state'. Ridicules Lee's belief that the curate should have used a remedy 'equally efficacious and less equivocal', arguing that rum and milk was the only treatment. Concludes by comparing Lee to the personification of conventional propriety, Mrs Grundy.
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