A.D. Crabtre, The funny side of physic : or, The mysteries of medicine, presenting the humorous and serious sides of medical practice. An exposé of medical humbugs, quacks, and charlatans in all ages and all countries (1874)
The reader must admit that diplomas were cheap honors, when one was granted to a dog! A young English gentleman, for the sport of the thing, paid the price of a medical diploma soon after Dr. Aleyersbach’s was granted, and had it duly recorded in the archives of the college (Erfurth) as
having been awarded to Anglicus Ponto.
" And who was Anglicus Ponto ? "
"None other than the gentleman’s dog — a fine mastiff."