"I think also that the probability is in favour of his being a country practitioner
who does a great deal of his visiting on foot."
Called upon to choose between the course indicated by a physician who is making his five thousand a year, and who is certain of the next medical baronetcy, and the advice volunteered by an obscure general practitioner
at the East End of London, who is not making his five hundred a year--need I stop to inform you of her ladyship's decision?
These methods must have certainly been used with some success in disorders of the like kind, or so skilful a practitioner
as Mrs Honour would never have ventured to apply them; nay, I have heard that the college of chambermaids hold them to be as sovereign remedies as any in the female dispensary; but whether it was that Sophia's disease differed inwardly from those cases with which it agreed in external symptoms, I will not assert; but, in fact, the good waiting-woman did more harm than good, and at last so incensed her mistress (which was no easy matter) that with an angry voice she dismissed her from her presence.
"Yes;--with our present medical rules and education, one must be satisfied now and then to meet with a fair practitioner
. As to all the higher questions which determine the starting-point of a diagnosis--as to the philosophy of medial evidence--any glimmering of these can only come from a scientific culture of which country practitioners
have usually no more notion than the man in the moon."
We hear sometimes of an action for damages against the unqualified medical practitioner
, who has deformed a broken limb in pretending to heal it.
Most of the amputations in the new settlements, and they were quite frequent, were per formed by some one practitioner
who, possessing originally a reputation, was enabled by this circumstance to acquire an experience that rendered him deserving of it; and Elnathan had been present at one or two of these operations.
"Prithee, friend, leave me alone with my patient," said the practitioner
. "Trust me, good jailer, you shall briefly have peace in your house; and, I promise you, Mistress Prynne shall hereafter be more amenable to just authority than you may have found her heretofore.
As a general practitioner
, he might have bought a comfortable business, with a house and snug surgery-shop attached; but the son-in-law of Lady Malkinshaw was obliged to hold up his head, and set up his carriage, and live in a street near a fashionable square, and keep an expensive and clumsy footman to answer the door, instead of a cheap and tidy housemaid.
I merely avoid the errors of inferior practitioners
. That is to say, I never plead for myself; and I never apply to rich people -both fatal mistakes which the inferior practitioner
He believed that the general practitioner
who attended the family, and had called him in when the case grew serious, had treated Henrietta unskilfully, but professional etiquette bound him so strongly that, sooner than betray his colleague's inefficiency, he would have allowed him to decimate London.
Like all old-fashioned country practitioners
, Doctor Reefy pulled teeth, and the woman who waited held a handkerchief to her teeth and groaned.
I have already assembled all the good physicians and practitioners
of France and Europe.