A Barn He or Prescription. The British Medical Journal is not generally humorous, but a recent number has a charming story. In provincial France, it seems, pens and ink are not so common as in Paris, and a doctor of Chalons, going to see a country patient, could find no materials for his prescription. He wrote, however, in charcoal on a barn door. The relations of the sick man being unable to read, far less to transcribe it, were obliged to take the door off its hinges, and carry it off to the chemist. His establishment was too small for the barn door, so it was propped up on the pavement while he read the formula, which he entered with particular care in his book, so that, should the medicine require repetition, he need not have torefer to the original prescription.
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