The cure for Marx’s carbuncles: stout, port and claret

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.

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3 thoughts on “The cure for Marx’s carbuncles: stout, port and claret

  1. Of course one can go beyond what the good doctor prescribes, and hopefully the good comrade did so if he needed more in the way of painkillers.

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