The Physician's Secret
Medical Practitioners, Skill, Medical Treatment
Describes the feelings of a young French physician, Fournier, who learns that a fellow student has gained a situation through 'efficient friends' rather than 'merit' (108). The physician diagnoses a serious illness in an elderly patient and offers to pay for the expensive medical treatment, although the patient's god-daughter tells him to point out to the patient that the medicine is a gift. The physician later renounces 'the application of the ineffectual remedies' (110).
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