In a journal entry of August 1859 Ralph Waldo Emerson observes:

One wrong Step. On Wachusett, I sprained my foot. It was slow to heal, and I went to the doctors. Dr. Henry Bigelow said, 'Splint and absolute rest.' Dr. Russell said, 'Rest, yes; but a splint, no.' Dr. Bartlett said, 'Neither splint nor rest, but go and walk.' Dr. Russell said, 'Pour water on the foot, but it must be warm.' Dr. Jackson said, 'Stand in a trout brook all day.'

Not much has changed over the years in the treatment of sports injuries, eh?!

(cf. RalphWaldoEmerson (5 Aug 2003), ...)

TopicLiterature - TopicHumor - TopicRunning - 2007-07-24

(correlates: ConstantCrisis, MiraclesOfTechnology, BirdWhile, ...)