Medicine: A Cough for Pavlov

"Saint Ildefonso used to scold me and punish me lots of times. He would sit me on the bare floor and make me eat with the cats of the monastery. These cats were such rascals that they took advantage of my penitence. They drove me mad stealing my choicest morsels. It did no good to chase them away. But I found a way of coping with the beasts in order to enjoy my meals.

"I put them all in a sack, and on a pitch black night took them out under an arch. First I would cough, and then immediately whale...

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