Filler Endpiece

Licensed to kill

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 07 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1291

The medical establishment conducted by Mr Rawkins was situated in one of the streets which would be intersected by a line drawn from the New River Head to Clerkenwell Green; and the red bull's-eye lamp over the door formed a principal object in the thoroughfare, in the absence of any more remarkable features. It was essentially a doctor's shop, and might have been mistaken by thoughtless pedestrians for a mere chemist's or druggist's, had not the framed diploma of the Apothecaries' Company, ostentatiously displayed in the window, borne testimony to the proper graduation of the owner; being, in fact, a licence to kill human game by powder and ball in the shape of calomel and bolus, which every person regularly qualified for that art must possess.”

Albert Smith, The Adventures of Mr. Ledbury and his Friend Jack Johnson (1844)

Submitted by Jeff Aronson, clinical pharmacologist, Oxford

View Abstract