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Of Human Bondage

W. Somerset Maugham
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Submitted by: G. Randolph Westby, MD; Upland, PA 19013

Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1998;128(11):899. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-128-11-199806010-00005
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Dr. Tyrell was a tall, thin man of thirty-five, with a very small head, red hair cut short, and prominent blue eyes: his face was bright scarlet. He talked well in a pleasant voice, was fond of a little joke, and treated the world lightly. He was a successful man, with a large consulting practice and a knighthood in prospect. From commerce with students and poor people he had the patronizing air, and from dealing always with the sick he had the healthy man's jovial condescension, which some consultants achieve as the professional manner. He made the patient feel like a boy confronted by a jolly schoolmaster; his illness was an absurd piece of naughtiness which amused rather than irritated.

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