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DR. ABERNETHY, the celebrated physician, was never more displeased than

by hearing a patient detail a long account of troubles. A woman, knowing

Abernethy's love of the laconic, having burned her hand, called at his

house. Showing him her hand, she said, A burn.--A poultice, quietly

answered the learned doctor. The next day she returned, and said,

Better.--Continue the poultice, replied Dr. A. In a week she made

her last call and her speech was lengthened to three words, Well,--your

fee?--Nothing, said the physician; you are the most sensible woman I

ever saw.





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