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a slight anaesthesia ( aenis'GuzjaJ of the tympanum (['tim- рэпэт] среднее ухо, барабанная перепонка)." “Is that so?" says the frightened patient. “What can I do about it, doctor?” “Well," says the doctor, “I want you to keep very quiet; you'll have to go to bed and stay there and keep quiet.” In fact the doctor hasn’t the least idea what’s wrong with the man; but he does know that if he goes to bed and keeps quiet, really very quiet, he’ll either get quietly well again or else die a quiet death.

“What about diet, doctor?" says the patient, quite fright ened.

The answer to this question varies a great deal. It depends on how tHfe doctor is feeling and whether it is a long time since he had a meal himself.

Of course, this treatment in itself would fail to give the patient proper confidence (доверие). But nowadays this element is supplied (зд. восполнить) by the work of the ana lytical laboratory. Whatever is wrong with the patient the doctor insists on cutting off parts and pieces and extracts of him and sending them away to be analysed. He cuts off some of the patient’s hair, marks it “Mr Smith’s Hair, October, 1910." Then he cuts off the lower part of the ear, and wraps ([гаер] завертывать) it in paper and labels it “Part of Mr Smith’s Ear, October, 1910.” Then he looks the patient up and down with the scissors in his hand, and if he sees any likely part of him he cuts it off and wraps it up. Now this, strangely enough, is the very thing that fills the patient with that sense of personal importance which is worth paying for. “Imagine", says the bandaged (перевязы вать) patient later in the day to a group of friends obviously impressed, “the doctor thinks there my be a slight anaesthe sia of the prognosis {prog'nouziz], but he’s sent my ear to New York and my appendix to Baltimore and some of my hair to the editor of all the medical journals, and meantime I am to keep very quiet and not strain myself. “With that he falls back in the armchair quite happy.

And yet, isn’t it funny?

You and I and the rest of us — even if we know all this — as soon as we have a pain inside us, run for a doctor as fast as a taxi can take us. Yes, personally, I even prefer an ambu lance (f'aembjulans] карета скорой помощи) with a bell on it. It’s more comforting.

1. Do you think the author believes in medicine? (Give your reasons.)