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Page 280 of Autobiography of Charles Caldwell, M.D. / with a preface, notes, and appendix, by Harriot W. Warner.

AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF and most imperative duties-the rendering of all the aid in my power toward the preservation of the life of the gentleman whose name you conceal. His complaint no doubt is yellow fever. In the present condition of the city, it can be nothing else. I have, as you know, had much experience in that disease. You believe that I can treat it more successfully than any other physician in the place, else you would not employ me. Why then do you prevent me from hastening to the place and doing all I can to save life" "Why really, doctor," said the editor, "this is an appeal to the best and strongest feelings of my nature. And I cannot deny that it is also perfectly reasonable. I am as anxious, too, to save the young gentleman's life as you can be; because I am fully sensible of its value. But what am I to do He drew from me a promise as solemn as your remonstrance, that I would con- ceal his name from every one, and more especially from you." "Conceal his name more especially from me " " Even so, sir." "Then, sir, you have violated no secret-yet I know who he is, and thought I knew from the beginning. But for the disguise of his style, I would have been confident of it-and I am confident." And in a few minutes afterward, my attending physician, a young friend who had just left my chamber, returned with a request from Dr. Rush and Dr. Physick that, if not inconvenient, they might be allowed to pay their respects to me. "Is it," I replied to my physician, "agreeable to you, sir, that they be admitted" "Perfectly so, sir; I wish it, and as I know they are desirous of it, I hope you will invite them, or allow me to invite them, to visit you with me, not as mere consulting but as attending phy- sicians." "Before I reply to your request, sir, do me the favor to answer a plain question which 1 shall priopose. In waking that request, which of the two has spoken most sincerely and earnestly, your judgment or your modesty " "My judgment, sir, has spoken alone; modesty having taken no part in the decision." " Then, sir, regulate the matter according to your views of expe- dience and propriety: I repose as much confidence in your treat- ment of my case as I shall do in that of the two gentlemen who are waiting below." "I do not," was his reply; and, quitting the room for a few minutes, he returned accompanied by the two physicians. 280

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