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Text for Page 015 [06-30-1856]

by the profession, making onslaughts on the medically
orthodox in his journal.     He is also a free thinker.
Levison, who knows him, accompanied me.     �Twas
at the close of sultry June day, the dead hush of
the over clouded atmosphere betokening a coming thunder
storm, which burst on our return, drenching us to
the skin as we passed through Washington Square.
Dixon lives in the Fifth Avenue, his office (like
that of most New York doctors)  being in the front
basement.      In physiognomy he singularly like Louis Nap-
oleon, which resemblance is further increased by his
moustache.           I told him details, refraining from
the exaggeration which all doctors expect.   At the
time of speaking I was excessively agitated with the
disease.        He pronounced that �I had been playing
h__l with my nervous system,� and intimated
that by G_d he was going to give me strychnine.�
Then he talk of his paper, my book &c � having
enquired my recent employments.     Finally he pres-
cribed 15 drops of strychnine and alcohol, (to the pro-
portion of one grain of the former to an ounce of the
latter, to be taken thrice a day : with a plaster
down the spine.                    Levison has shown him-
self very kindly of late, and I shame that I
misjudged him so much.     His flaw is weakness
that�s all, otherwise he would be a better and kinder
man than might be expected from his antecedents
and surroundings.                  I have observed the               
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