A Finger in a Sling
Invention, Music, Medical Practitioners, Quackery, Language
Reports on the invention of the 'Trito-Dactylo-Gymnast' which strengthens the third finger of a hand and thus improves a pianist's performance. Speculates on how the composer Felix Mendelssohn would have benefited from such an invention, but warns that the device is supported by a dubious medical witness and that the complex name recalls the thespian John P Harley's quip 'the more Greek the more Quack'.
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