Two New Classes of Patients Peculiar to This Generation

Two New Classes of Patients Peculiar to This Generation

Note: There are two classes of patients which are unfortunately becoming more common every day, especially among women of the richer orders, to whom all these remarks are pre-eminently inapplicable.

  1. Those who make health an excuse for doing nothing, and at the same time allege that the being able to do nothing is their only grief.
  2. Those who have brought upon themselves ill-health by over pursuit of amusement, which they and their friends have most unhappily called intellectual activity. I scarcely know a greater injury that can be inflicted than the advice too often given to the first class “to vegetate”—or than the admiration too often bestowed on the latter class for “pluck.”
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