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MYSTERIES OF MEDICAL LIFE,

OR,

DOCTORS AND THEIR DOINGS.

BEING A

SKETCH OF MEDICAL MEN GENERALLY;

THEIR

MANNERS, HABITS, VIRTUES, VICES, LOVES, HATREDS, JEALOUSIES,
ECCENTRICITIES, SUCCESSES, FAILURES, VEXATIONS, AND

DISAPPOINTMENTS ;

WITH A DESCRIPTION OF

THEIR TREATMENT AND ILL-TREATMENT BY THE PILL-TAKING PUBLIC.

BY

GEORGE ALLARTON, M.R.C.S. & L.A.C.

DEPUTY-CORONER FOR SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE; AUTHOR OF “LITHOTOMY

SIMPLIFIED, ETC. ETC.

LONDON:
H. BAILLIÈRE, 219 REGENT STREET;

AND 290 BROADWAY, NEW YORK.

1856.

270.6.5.

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TO THE

DOCTOR-LOVING, DOCTOR-HATING,

DOCTOR-CHEATING,

DOCTOR-PATRONISING, AND DOCTOR-ABUSING PUBLIC,

These Pages

ARE RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED

BY

THEIR HUMBLE SERVAXT,

THE AUTHOR. The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong,

neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but — time and chance happeneth to them all.— Eccles. ix. 11.

PREFACE.

LITTLE has been written about Doctors - much has been said about them, and great is the diversity of opinion respecting them. The genius of one man will be the fool of another; the idol of one, the derision of another: and there is

perhaps no doctor so stupid and obtuse but that some equally stupid and obtuse person can be found to think and call him clever. There is one thing, at least, certain, and that is, that the idols of the public — the men who are most sought after are very rarely professional geniuses, and how they ever came to be idolized or worshipped is an inexplicable mystery. It is not from their bulk or stature alone—for we have tall and short, big and little idols; it is not from temperament, wealth, or birth—for we have nervous and sanguine, rich and poor, aristocratic and plebeian idols. Can it be their superior attain

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