Punch,  56 (1869), 239.

Æsculpian Games



News-Commentary, Drollery


Medical Practitioners, Health, Amusement

    Discusses news of medical students at St Bartholomew's Hospital who, pursuing 'the fashion which has become prevalent among the schools in general', have started to compete in athletics. Claims that the events in which 'surgical competitors' participated were variants of traditional athletic games. For example, notes the 'Throwing a Cricket Ball' performed with a cranium and that 'the Hurdle Race was managed with frame-works composed of tibiae, fibulae, radii, ulnae, and ribs'. Suggests that 'the study of the muscles must tend to give a peculiar alacrity and expertness in this exercise', and that St Bartholomew's and Guy's Hospital should 'institute an annual boat race'.

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