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November 14, 1896

Over the Hookah. The Tales of a Talkative Doctor.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(20):1072. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430980044015

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Dr. Lydston's reputation as a good story-teller will be increased by the publication of this book, and those who have had the pleasure of hearing him tell a story will like the book all the better after having had that pleasure, for after all, a large part of the pleasure and charm of story-telling lies in the voice and manner of the narrator. Particularly is this true of dialect stories, where the skill of the linguist is shown not only in construction, but in orthoepy and accent. However, next to hearing Dr. Lydston tell a story, comes the pleasure of reading one that he has written or adapted, for his adaptations have a personal flavor about them that gives originality.

The hookah, be it known, is an Arabic pipe, consisting of a box in which tobacco burns, a vessel of water through which the smoke passes, and a long pliant

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