Punch, 45 (1863), 236.
Two Tales of the Queens' Bench
Medical Practitioners, Medical Treatment, Mental Illness, Gender, Crime, Patronage
Discusses Mr Punch's recent visit to the 'Court of Queen Victoria's Bench' where he witnessed the end of a case in which a woman called Mrs Symm, 'who had taken to drinking, and had been a sufferer of delirium tremens', had dragged her 'medical benefactors', Dr Fraser and Dr Andrews, into court for 'ill-treating her'. Punch relishes the fact that the verdict was in the doctors' favour, and that a subscription list has been started in the Lancet for meeting the large legal costs incurred by the doctors. Notes the eminence of the subscribers (including Forbes B Winslow, Ernest A Hart, Francis Sibson, and William Fergusson), and calls for subscriptions from 'everybody who ever did or ever expects to need medical service'.
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