A Good Word for a Good Work
Hospitals, Patronage, Periodicals, Medical Treatment
Begins by insisting that 'Punch is clearly not the place for medical discussions', since its readers 'wish to be enlightened, instructed, or amused' rather than shocked by details of hospital operations. However, the writer praises the Royal Free Hospital, which was the first 'ever freely open' hospital to admit 'any poor sick persons' as long as 'there are funds unspent, and sleeping wards unfilled'. Explains that the hospital directors 'urgently want money' to meet such costs as prescriptions and food, and to escape from its considerable debts. Punch urges its readers: 'Please to fork out, therefore, Gentlemen', and exhorts them to consider the dire consequences of allowing the hospital to close.
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