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Brillat Savarin well remarks, among the aphorisms with which he prefaces his "Physiologie du Gout," that the discovery of a new dish contributes more to the happiness of mankind than does the discovery of a new star. The physician may add that all such discovery is in vain in the pursuit and sum of human happiness unless good digestion abides with us and constipation keeps aloof. Shakespeare might, if it had been in accordance with the properties, have truly added to his phrase, "now good digestion wait on appetite," another line, "and pleasant defecation follow both."
Old, new, excellent dishes of whichever kind, are generally vanity and vexation of spirit if the consummation of all eating be not easy, regular, and attended with a species of satisfaction approaching pleasure. It would seem at first glance as if appetite and good digestion must always imply ease of defecation, and yet, although
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