F.W. Marshall
1857 The Lancet  
SIR,—The holy war which you are waging against illiterate quacks should, I think, be extended to those whose education and position enable them to practise equally dangerous arts, and to cover their errors by virtue of their dignity and standing as members of another profession. We are troubled down here by the visitation of a clerical pretender to the art of medicine, who, to the ministrations of the spirit adds the administration of the most potent drugs—at once a mesmerist, curate, and
more » ... onstituted medical practitioner. He undertakes the treatment of the most acute cases, and when death ensues, notwithstanding the exercise of his medical functions, he closes the scene by burying the bodies of his patients without thefornzalities of a legal certificate. This, Sir, seems to me as monstrous as it is illegal. The practice of burying without legal certificates is certainly most dangerous, and if followed with impunity, might lead to the most fearful results. I abstain from any comments, for these fall rather within your de-
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