Medicine: Good Talk

There are certain things one does not talk about at the luncheon table. A detailed description of personal diseases, for instance, however arresting the symptoms, rarely furnishes appetizing aliment for conversation; revelations of exotic fissures or cavities in the teeth (illustrated) often fail to elicit applause; while a discussion of loathsome and fatal afflictions of the skin, together with an account of the sufferer's pangs and an outline of the methods used to relieve same constitutes a type of data even less acceptable to the fastidious.

Nevertheless, at a luncheon of notable physicians in...

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