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Plagty. am so troubled with a plaguy flatulency and

heart-burn, that I am searcely able to close

my eyes all night; or if I do, I find myself alflatulency. most strangled with wind, and wake in ago


12. That is a very alarming fymptom indeed, replied the doctor ; I wonder fo many restless nights do not entirely wear you out.

They would indeed, answered the gentleman, symptom? if I did not make a shift to procure a little

Deep two or three times a day, which enables me to hold out a little longer. As to exercise continued the doctor, I fear you are not able

to use a great deal. carriage. 13. Alas ! answered the fick man, while I

was able, I never failed to go out in my carweek.

riage once or twice a week ; but in my pref

ent situation I can no longer bear the gentlest intolerable ? motion. Besides disordering my whole frame,

it gives me such intolerable twitches in my twitches. limbs, that you would imagine I was abso

lutely falling to pieces.

14. Your case, answered the physician, is desperate ? indeed bad, but not quite defperate; and if

you could abridge the quantity of your food abridge ? and sleep, you would in a short time find your

self much better. Alas! answered the sick infallibly? man, I find you little know the delicacy of my

constitution, or you would not put me upon

a method which will infallibly destroy me. stomach. 15. When I rise in a morning, I feel as if

all the powers of life were extinguished within

me ; my stomach is oppressed with nausea, my naufea ?

head with aches and swimming, and, above all, I feel such an intolerable sinking in my

fpirits, that without the aflistance of two or reflorative ? three cordials and some restorative soup, I am

confident I never could get through the
16. No, doctor, I have such a confidence


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in your skill, that there is no pill or portion Portion.
you can order me, which I will nc: take with
pleasure, but, as to a change in my diet, that
is impoflible.

17. That is, answered the physician, you julep? wish for health without being at the trouble of acquiring it, and imagine that all the consequences of an ill-fpent life are to be washed decodion ? away by a julep or a decoction of fenna. But as I canno cure you upon these terms, I will not deceive


insta:t. Your case is medicine. out of the power of medicine, and you can only be relieved by your own exertions.

18. How hard is this answered the gentle- despair. man, to be thus abandoned to dei pair even in the prime of life ! Cruel and unfeeling doctor, will you not attempt any thing to procure me attempt ? ease ? Sir, aniwered the phylician, I have al. ready told you every thing I know upon the subject.

ig. I must however acquaint you, that'I ingeruily? have a brother phylician vho lives at Padua, a 'man of the greatest learning and ingenuity, who is particularly famous for curing the gout. If you think it worth yeur while to cenfult? confult him, I will give you a letter of recommendation ; for he never Itirs from home even to attend a prince.

20. Here the conversation ended; for the difpirited. gentleman, who did not like the trouble of the journey, took his leave of the physician and returned bome, very much dispirited. In a little while he either was or fancied himself journey. worse, and as the idea of the Paduan physician had never left his head, he at last resolutely determined to set out upon his journey.

21. For this purpose he had a litter fo con- recumbent? trived ihat he could lie recumbent, or recline at his ease, and eat his meals. he distance was not above one day's tolerable journey, recline?





but the gentleman wisely refolvce to make four of it, for fear of over-fatiguing himself.

22. He had, besides, a loaded waggon attending, filled with every thing that conftitutes good eating; and two of his cooks went with him, that nothing might be wanting to his accommodation


the road. After a weari. fome journey, be at length arrived within sight of Padua,and eagerly inquiring after the house of Dr Ramozini, was soon directed to



the spot.




23. Then, having been helped out of his carriage by half a dozen of his ferv

vants, he was thewn into a neat but plain parlour, from Spacious ?

which he had the prospect of twenty or thirty people at dinner in a spacious hall. In the

middle of them was the lcarned drctor himself, complacence. who with much complacence invited the com.

pany to eat heartily.

24. My good friend, said the doctor, to a ague?

pale-icoking man on his right hand, you must eat three fices more of this roast beef, or you

will never lose your ague. My friend, laid he pecific ?

to another, drink off this glass of porter ; it is júft arrived from England, and is a specific

for nervous fevers. Huf.

25. Do not stuff your child fo with macaroni, added he, turing to a woman, if you

would with to cure him of the fcrophula Good ulcer? man, said he to a fourth, licw goes on the ulcer

in your leg ? Much better indeed, replied the

man, fince I have lived at your honour's table. replied. Well, replied the physician, in a fortnight you

will be perfectly cured.

26. Thank heaven, said the gentleman, who had heard all this with infinite pleasure,

I have at lait met with a reasonable phyfi. pritenie. cian; he will not confine me to bread and

water, nor starve me, under pretence of curing me, like that confounded quack from whose



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27. He then approached the gentleman, and welcomed him with the greateit polite- politeness. ne: s, who presented him with his letter of rec. ommendation, which alter the phyfician had peru.ed, he thus accolted hira : Sir, the letter difficult. of my

learned friend has fully intructed me in the particulars of your cafe ; it is indeed a difficult one, but I think you have no reaton to defpair of a perfect recovery.

despair? 28. If, added he, you choose to put yourself under my care, I will employ all the secrets indispensable? of my art for your all tance; but one dition is absolutely indifpenfable; you must prescriptions ? send away all your servaats, and folemnly engage to follow my prefcriptions for at least monarch. a month : without this compliance I would not undertake the cure even of a monarch.

29. Doctor, answered the gentleman, what prejudice? I have seen of your profession, does not, I confefs, inuch prejad.ce me in their favour; and hesitate? I should helitate to agree to such a propotal from any other individual. Do as you like, voluntary : fir, answered the physician ; the employing of me or not, is entirely voluntary on your part.

30. But as I am above the common mer- mercenary? cenary views of gain, I never stake the reputation of fo noble an art, without a rational obftinate? profpect of success. and what success can I hope for in fo obtinate a diforder, unless the patient? patient will consent to a fair experiment of what I can effect?

31. Indeed, replied the gentleman, what candid? you say is so candid, and your whole behaviour fo much interests me in your favour, that I will immediately give you behaviour. proofs of the most unbounded confidence. He then sent for his fervanis, and erdered









delicious ?

them to return home, and not to come near him till a whole month was elapsed.

32. When they were gone, the physician aked bim how he supported the journey. Why really, answered he, much better than I could have expected. But I feel myself unusually hungry; and therefore, with your permillion, shall beg to have the hour of supper a little haltened. Moit wilingly, answered the doctor; at eight o'clock every thing thall be ready for you: entertainment. In the mean time you wiil permit me to visit my patients.

33. While the physician was abient, the genileman was plealing his imagination with the thoughts of the excellent fupper he should make. Doubtless, said he to himself, if Signor Ramozini treacs the poor in such a hospitable manner, he will fpare nothing for the entertainment of a man of my importance. I have. heard there are delicious trouts and ortolans in this part of Italy.

34. I make no doubt but the doctor keeps an excellent cook; and I shall have no reason . to repent the dismission of my servants. With these ideas he kept himself some time amu ed ; at length his appetite growing keener and keener every instant, from fasting longer than ordinary, he lost all patience, and, caling ore of the servants of the house, inquired for some little nice thing to stay his stomach till the hour of fupper.

35. Sir, said the servant, I would gladly oblige you, but it is as much as my place is. worth ; my master is the best and most gen. erous of men ; but so great is his attention to his house-patients that he will not suffer one of them to eat unless in his presence.

36. However, fir, have patience ; in two hours more the supper will be ready, and then you may indemnify yourself for all.









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