Medicine: Doctors in the Palace

When Disraeli caught a chill and took to his bed in 1881, Queen Victoria was deeply worried. She asked who was taking care of him and was told that Disraeli's doctor was a homeopath.* The Queen was even more worried; she suggested a consultation with regular doctors. But medical etiquette forbade any orthodox doctor working on a case with a homeopath. Eventually the Queen raised such a fuss that both schools of doctors got together long enough before Disraeli died to agree that he had bronchitis.

In more recent years, the royal family has...

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