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November 11, 1893

THE MAN WITH TWO TONGUES.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(20):745. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420720029011

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Abstract

"Nay, said I, the gentleman is wise; certain, said she, a wise gentleman; nay, said I, he had the tongues; that I believe, said she, for he swore a thing to me on Monday night, which he forswore on Tuesday morning. There's a double tongue; there's two tongues."—Much Ado About Nothing.

We are accustomed to read curious accounts of wonderfully scientific discoveries, and extremely skillful surgical operations in the columns of our esteemed contemporaries the lay press, and occasionally a blood-curdling account of some new reptile or sea monster, a living calf with three heads, or a feathered freak with three legs; but it has been reserved for a reporter of one of the New York dailies to report the actual discovery of a man with two tongues, a condition which has always been figurative in literature rather than real. The following is the paragraph:

"The Tenderloin District has

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