The Life and Adventures of Dr. Dodimus Duckworth (2)

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 128 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1833. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. Competitors of Doctor Duckworth--A Natural Hone-Setter--The Seventh Son of a Seventh Son--His Dexterity--Anecdote of the same--The famous Toggle Grease--The Sprained Ankle--A Root Doctor--How he acquired his Skill--His Materia Medica--His Power of Detecting Symptoms--Mrs. Trustalfs Account of the same--How to render the same MedicinA cither Emetic or Cathartic--Manufacturing Roots--A Cancer Curer. Besides his great competitor, Doctor Whistlewind, Duckworth had two others to contend with, scarcely less formidable. These were Doctors Horehound and Pulltoggle. The former lived about fifteen miles to fhe north, and the latter about twenty to the south, of Crincumpaw. But the distance did not lessen the force of their rivalry. They were practitioners sui generis; and their business, as the people said, lay all about; indeed it was much better some distance off than at home. One of them confined himself to roots and herbs; the ether to bone-setting. Doctor Pulltoggle was one of those rare geniuses, known as the seventh son of a seventh son. He was? born with the capacity of setting bones; or, as the people expressed it, was a nnteral lont-setter. He had no knowledge from books or from instruction; and he required none. What is bred in the boncr says the old saw, stays long in the flesh; and Doctor Pulltoggle could no more help being a bonesetter, than the cat in the fable, who was changed into a lady, could help running after the mouse. Why the mere circumstance of his being the seventh son of a seventh son, should convey this extraordinary gift, nobody undertook to explain. It was a thing utterly beyond comprehension. It was a mystery, which nobody thought of looking into; but which was valued the more for being a mystery. It is very stran...

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