Late one evening, a staff member travelling in Italy received a request from a gentleman by the name of Vincentio di Vivaldi, to go with him to the villa Altieri to examine the corpse of Signora Bianchi and provide a diagnosis of what may have caused her death. The gentleman expressed that her death had been very sudden, but the woman lived quietly and privately, and had received very few visitors over the past weeks.
Our physician found the body of this woman on a bed in her home and immediately proceeded to examine her body. After conducting a thorough examination of the corpse of Signora Bianchi, our medical staff believed that some sort of foul play caused her death. Her facial appearance was not at all common for someone having died from natural causes. Also, after making several observations of her body, one of our doctors noticed a strange black tint in her face, which led to our suspicion that poison may very likely have been the cause of her death. While we feel that giving an opinion or diagnosis based on appearances is unreliable in our profession, we feel that her death was somehow intentional. As our chief medical examiner stated, "Appearances are unfavorable, yet I will not take upon me to decide from them. There are other circumstances, under which similar appearances might occur." (72)
The physician considered the fact that there are other circumstances in which this same black tinted appearance can occur in someone's face after death. But he also took into consideration the woman's previous health status and the suddenness of her passing away, which finally led the medical examiner to cancel out all other reasons as being possibilities. Thus, he concluded poison to be the cause of death for Signora Bianchi.
This brave man, Robinson Crusoe, is an example of inventive medicine that we should all model ourselves after. Crusoe spent 28 years stranded on a deserted island where he was forced to treat his own ailments using items he rescued from his shipwreck. After his return to England, The Porter Institute of Health was granted the privilege of interviewing Crusoe about his medical accounts.
During a horrible fever, Crusoe searched for a treatment to eliminate his fever and distemper. He mixed tobacco with some rum and said to us "I knew not, as to my distemper, or whether it was good for it or no; but I try^Òd several experiments with it, as if I was resolved it should hit one way or other." (73) After drinking this concoction Crusoe feel fast asleep only to wake up feeling "...stronger than I was the day before, and my stomach better, for I was hungry." (p. 109)
Crusoe's unconscious directed him towards the all healing rum which we understand helps to chase out the evil impurities. The alcohol helps to produce effects in the brain, which helps, increase fluid circulation ridding the body of the illness. (74) With out conventional medicine such as leeches, mercury, or coffee Crusoe developed his own remedy, which proved to be successful. We congratulate him on a job well done.
Miss Andrews proved to be one of our more delicate patients. Through her friend Mr. Williams' correspondence, we received word about Pamela's uncontrollable fainting spells. Therefore, we secretly sent her instructions on how to cure herself of her fainting incidences. We immediately diagnosed her fainting as a direct result from over stimulation and excitement. We recommended rest and of course to eliminate the stressor. After taking our advice Pamela has overcome her ailment. Of course we helped her boss, Mr. B. with his anger management problem as well as his poor social skills. Currently they are married and living quite happy.Click here to talk to the doctors.