Marx’s first carbuncle appeared in 1863, growing from a boil on his back to the size of a fist. Eventually the doctor was called. He cut widely and deeply into Karl’s back, letting loose an immense amount of blood and pus. For convalescence, the doctor prescribed the following:
- one and half quarts of stout (1.7 litres)
- three to four glasses of port
- half a bottle of claret daily
This was daily. One assumes he didn’t feel as much pain this way.