Medicine: Snakes

At Luxor, Egypt, all travelers who pay may hear a fat & sleek native gentleman mumble and whistle and beat a tambour.

Anon a cobra, no pretty worm of Nilus,* creeps out of nowhere at the feet of that most famed snake charmer of Egypt. It raises its head and a length of body clear of the ground, quite resembling a rat terrier expectantly sitting up for a titbit. As the fakir puffs his cheeks in hissing whistle, the cobra puffs its hood and lazily sways to the sibilancies.

In India snake charmers are an...