A Medical Anecdote

The late 19th Century German poet Otto Hartleben was feeling quite ill and consulted a physician who, after a thorough examination, prescribed complete abstention from smoking and drinking. Hartleben picked up his hat and coat and started for the door. The doctor called after him, “My advice, Herr Hartleben, will cost you 3 marks.” “But I’m not taking it,” retorted Hartleben, and he vanished.

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