Medical Pickwick Volume 4

Medical Pickwick Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...criminal opportunity for a cunning hand, possessed of the requisite anatomical knowledge, surgical skill, and proper instrument. Had there been such a hand, and had there been a suflicient motive behind it? As the links in this chain of damning evidence were being rapidly forged, I was summoned to the sick room by a light tap at the library door. Sister Agatha told me that a decided change had occurred in the patient. As I entered the room I saw that the crisis had indeed arrived and it was evident that the mortal hours of Archibald Vinton were numbered. I was in such a state of nervous tension from the discovery which I believed exposed a hideous secret in my patient's life, and by the fatal change in the course of his disease, that I hurried from the house to breathe the freer air of the street, and to get a quiet interval in which to collect my thoughts. When I returned there was a hush about the house. As I entered the sick chamber, Sister Agatha was upon her knees, with a brass crucifix in her clasped hands, repeating the solemn Latin prayer beginning: "Ora pro nobis." A candle burned at the head of the silent figure upon the bed, and" another at his feet provided, in anticipation of the event, by the pious care of Sister Agatha. As I have since reviewd and analyzed the circumstances here narrated, I am convinced that if the coroner's physician. at the time of the investigation of old Nevison's death, had followed up with sufficient acumen the cue afforded by the slight cut in the tongue, he would have found behind the left tonsil a gaping wound, not more than three-quarters of an inch long, in which could have been felt, but not seen, the divided ends of the internal carotid artery, through the open calibre of which...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 485g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236800745
  • 9781236800749