Passages from the Diary of a Late Physician, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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B. Tauchnitz jun., 1844
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Page 275 - Ah! sweet Eumenides, I now perceive thou art he, and that myself have the name of Endymion ; but that this should be my body, I doubt : for how could my curled locks be turned to gray hair, and my strong body to a dying weakness, having waxed old, and not knowing it?
Page 189 - On examination of the body, we found that death had been occasioned by disease of the heart. Her life might have been protracted, possibly for years, had she but taken my advice, and that of her mother. I have seen many hundreds of corpses, as well in the calm...
Page 188 - ... was not more than two streets distant. It was a stormy night in March : and the desolate aspect of things without deserted streets the dreary howling of the wind, and the incessant pattering of the rain, contributed to cast a gloom over my mind, when connected with the intelligence of the awful event that had summoned me out, which was deepened into horror by the spectacle I was doomed to witness. On reaching the house, I found Mrs. J in violent hysterics, surrounded by several of her...
Page 96 - For his bride a soldier sought her, And a winning tongue had he: On the banks of Allan Water None was gay as she!
Page 188 - The ghastly visage of death thus leering through the tinselry of fashion the" vain show" of artificial joy was a horrible mockery of the fooleries of life ! Indeed it was a most humiliating and shocking spectacle. Poor creature!
Page 242 - Sure, and by the soul of St Patrick, but we'll not be done by the morning ! " said Tip, as he threw down the instrument and resumed his spade. We were all discouraged. Oh, how earnestly I wished myself at home, in my snug little bed in the Borough ! How I cursed the Quixotism that had led me into such an undertaking ! I had no time, however, for reflection, as it was my turn to relieve one of the diggers ; so into the grave I jumped, and worked away as lustily as before. While I was thus engaged,...
Page 29 - ... the dislocation was quickly reduced, and the wounded hand and arm duly dressed. I then prescribed what medicines were necessary received a check for ten guineas from the Earl, accompanied with fervent thanks for my prompt attentions, and was requested to call as early as possible the next morning. As soon as I had left his lordship's door, I shot homeward like an arrow. My good fortune (truly it is an ill wind that blows nobody any good) was almost too much for me. I could scarce repress...
Page 240 - ... the light would enable him, to look about for a newmade grave. Very reluctantly he complied, and contrived to scramble to the top of the wall. He had hardly time, however, to peer over into the churchyard, when a fluttering streak of lightning flashed over us, followed, in a second or two, by a loud burst of thunder ! Tip fell in an instant to the ground, like a cockchafer shaken from an elm-tree, and lay crossing himself, and muttering paternosters. We could scarcely help laughing at the manner...
Page 7 - I have mentioned I was twice called in at an instant's warning ; but in both cases the objects of my visits had expired before my arrival, probably before a messenger could be despatched for me ; and the manner in which my fees were proffered convinced me that I should be cursed for a mercenary wretch if I accepted them. I was therefore induced in each case to decline the guinea, though it would have purchased me a week's happiness ! I was also on several occasions called in to visit the inferior...
Page 281 - ... of the benches near the fire-place, where he sat down, without taking off his great-coat, and crossing his gloved hands on the knob of a high walkingstick, he rested his chin on them, and in that attitude continued throughout the evening. He removed his hat when the chairman made his appearance; and I never saw a .finer head in my life. The crown was quite bald, but the base was fringed round as it were, with a little soft, glossy, silver-hued hair, which, in the distance, looked like a faint...

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