Mirror of Literature,  8 (1826), 137–39.

Gifts and Givers



Essay, Extract

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New Monthly Magazine


Medical Practitioners

    The writer observes that the 'true nature of a gift' is well illustrated by 'what is called giving a dinner', in which the 'first object is usually to captivate the good will of some individual' (137). Thus 'rising physicians' give dinners to apothecaries, and patients give dinners to their physicians 'thereby feloniously designing to sponge an opinion'. The writer reports that Robert Willan 'advised his young medical friends against lending themselves to such schemes' (138).

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