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January 23, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(4):111-113. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411080021008

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In one of his inimitable addresses, recently given, T. Lauder Brunton took up the story of Zadig and applied it to medicine. The story of Zadig as briefly told by Brunton is this:

Zadig was a young man who, disgusted with life, retired from Babylon to a lonely place on the banks of the Euphrates, and there studied animals and plants until he saw a thousand differences where others could see only uniformity. One day one of the queen's eunuchs, followed by a band of officials, came hastening past, and asked Zadig, "Have you seen the queen's dog?" Zadig modestly answered, "A bitch, I think, not a dog." "Quite right," said the eunuch, and Zadig continued, "A very small spaniel, has lately had puppies, limps with the left fore foot, and has very long ears." "You have seen her, then," said the eunuch. "No," said Zadig, "I have never seen

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