Best Law Review Article Sentence Ever

I promise that I am going to put up a real, substantive post soon, but I just came across the Best Law Review Article Sentence Ever:

For no human orifice was safe from the assaults of Victorian medical science, and vast ingenuity was expended in perfecting suitable instruments, or even mechanisms for storing them in serried ranks, ready for instant use, such as Reynolds Enema Rack, whose virtues were extolled in the Lancet in 1892.

from A.W.B. Simpson, “Quackery and Contract Law: The Case of the Carbolic Smoke Ball,” 14 J. Leg. Stud. 345 (1985). It is a testament to my current levels of stress and sleep deprivation that this sentence made my week.

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4 Responses

  1. Patrick S. O'Donnell says:

    That was delightful, even if, as my wife said, “I don’t want to think about it.”

    I suspect contemporary biomedicine is far more adept at entering bodily orifices, employing a vast array of instruments far more imaginative than anything ever produced by Victorian science (with a pedigree reaching back to Tomás de Torquemada and the Marquis de Sade!).

  2. In one of my history of medicine classes, the idea of “tobacco enemas” prompted much discussion (and screwed up faces of disgust, as well).

    But on Simpson’s point, perhaps we should ask contemporary women whether clinical fascination with human orifices peaked in Victorian times . . .

  3. Bruce Boyden says:

    Nate, are you using Barnett as your textbook? Your posts are reminding me of last year when I taught Contracts.

  4. Frank says:

    I think President James Garfield had a particularly gruesome regimen imposed on him after he was shot.