A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from January 12, 2017
“My doctor told me to drink a glass of wine after a hot bath…” (joke)

Supposedly, doctors sometimes advise patients to drink something (wine, carrot juice, lemonade or something else) after taking a hot bath. A popular joke was first published in The Humorist (London) in 1929:

Friend: “Well, did you follow my advice and drink a stiff whisky after a hot bath?”
Invalid: “I did my best, old chap, but I couldn’t finish drinking the hot bath.”



10 April 1929, Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle, “The Jest Column,” pg. A1, col. 6:
A LONG DRAUGHT.
Friend: “Well, did you follow my advice and drink a stiff whisky after a hot bath?”
Invalid: “I did my best, old chap, but I couldn’t finish drinking the hot bath.”
-- The Humorist, London.

22 November 1931, Sunday American-Statesman (Austin, TX), “College Humor,” pg. 9, co. 6:
“Did you follow my advice and drink a hot lemonade after a hot bath?”
“I did my best, pal, but I couldn’t finish drinking the hot bath.”
-- Idaho Blue Bucket

9 August 1959, Chicago (IL) Sunday Tribune, “Charley Weaver’s Letters from Mamma” by Cliff Arquette, TV sec., pg. N10, col. 1:
Grandma Ogg had to go to the doctor and he told her to drink a glass of huckleberry wine after a hot bath. However, she never go to the wine—she couldn’t finish drinking the hot bath.

9 October 1967, Austin (TX) Statesman, “Tell Me Why!” by A. Leokum, pg. 26, col. 5:
Doctor: Did you drink the carrot juice after the hot bath?
Patient: I haven’t finished drinking the hot bath yet.

August 2004, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 53, col. 3:
Patrick: The doctor told me to drink carrot juice after a hot bath.
Ariana: Did it help?
Patrick: I don’t know. I can never finish drinking the hot bath!
Patrick Porter, Warren, Minn.

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of Irish Humour
By Aubrey Malone
London: Constable & Robinson Ltd
2012
Pg. ?:
I wasn’t feeling myself so I went to the doctor. He told me to take a glass of hot milk after a bath. That was three weeks ago. I’m still drinking the hot bath.
Letter quoted by Jimmy Cricket

Twitter
Mark Summers
‏@markysumm
My doctor recommends I drink a glass of wine after a hot bath. I think I will skip the wine, I’m struggling to drink all my bath as it is…
8:18 AM - 28 May 2012

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Mina
‏@Darkwal96
My doctor told me to drink a glass of wine after a hot bath, but I couldn’t even finish drinking the hot bath!
A quick bad joke #badjoker
6:16 PM - 27 Oct 2013

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Just Like That!
‏@TheTCooperShow
Doctor said “drink a glass of wine after a hot bath."But I can’t finish drinking the hot bath! #TommyCooperQuotes
3:22 AM - 30 May 2015

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Crap Jokes
‏@TheCrapJoker
My doctor told me to drink a glass of wine after a hot bath..
but I couldn’t even finish drinking the hot bath!
2:45 AM - 11 Jun 2015

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, January 12, 2017 • Permalink