13 As it turned
out, it was also an event of considerable historical importance—the last
bareknuckle fight for the championship.
14 In a curious
reversal of Durkheim's division of labor, many of these commercial functions
have become reintegrated. Some whimsical Wall Street fate has chosen the
pharmacy as the repository for all of them, perhaps on the theory that the
resulting conglomerate is equipped to minister to all man's ills—esthetic,
dietetic, diarrhetic, emetic, Semitic, chauvinistic, narcissistic, masochistic,
sybaritic, fanatic and cosmetic. "Where does one go now to get ice cream?
The drugstore. Where docs one go to buy books? The drugstore. Where do you go
for a shoeshine? Why, to the drugstore, to buy an electric valet so you can do
it yourself. Where does one go for the fleshly pleasures? Well, perhaps to the
drugstore and perhaps not, but certainly to the drugstore to buy the pill that
has put the parlors out of business.