Saturday, 9 January 2010

Boozy Victorian doctors

Here's an even better example of the medical profeesion's different attitude to drink in the 19th century. It's a page of classified ads from the Lancet of April 20th 1872. (The Lancet is a medical journal which is still published.)

Every single advert but one is for booze. Booze of every description: beer, wine, spirits.

I wonder if the Lancet still carries ads like these?


ZakAvery said...

About 7 or 8 years ago, we had a superb illustrated press release from Carlsberg talking about how Special Brew was drunk by perfectly respectable people - doctors, lawyers and the like - and that it was drink for the discerning gentleman. Sadly, it seems to have been lost.

The Beer Nut said...

I can't think of a phrase more likely to stimulate a jaded appetite than "Here, have some Fluid Meat".

First Stater said...

Forget the beer. You need dig throught the archives to find out more about Fluid Meat.

Alan said...

Love it. From that Old Marsala Wine ad, we now need to find a copy of Dr. Drulit's (sp?) "Report on Cheap Wine" for his views on binge drinking.