Marx’s cure for carbuncles: drink

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.


3 thoughts on “Marx’s cure for carbuncles: drink

  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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