Fillers One hundred years ago

Anaesthesia and swearing

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7382.200/a (Published 25 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:200

Our armies, as we learn from My Uncle Toby, swore terribly in Flanders; and if the testimony of Mr. Kipling is to be accepted they do the same at the present day in India and elsewhere. In civil life the strong language of our ancestors has to a large extent been replaced by meaningless slang. It would have been impossible to damn every one and everything more comprehensively or more consistently than Lord Melbourne, the political mentor …

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