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Potts's Painless Cure 1898   By: (1850-1898)

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Potts's Painless Cure 1898 by Edward Bellamy is an intriguing work that transports readers back in time to the late 19th century, offering a unique perspective on medical practices and societal norms of the era. Through vivid storytelling and engaging characters, the author weaves a captivating narrative that explores the boundaries of science and the struggles faced by individuals in search of a painless cure for their ailments.

Set in a small town, the story revolves around Dr. Henry Potts, a respected physician known for his innovative methods. Dr. Potts, haunted by his inability to alleviate pain in his patients, becomes obsessed with finding a miraculous solution that could revolutionize the medical field. With the help of his loyal assistant and wife, Isabel, he embarks on a journey to uncover a painless cure that will change the lives of countless sufferers.

Bellamy's attention to historical detail is commendable, as he vividly recreates the atmosphere and mindset of the late 19th century. The author explores the limited medical knowledge and treatments of the time, highlighting the immense challenges faced by doctors and patients alike. The backdrop of a society grappling with the limitations of medical science adds depth and authenticity to the story, drawing readers into the world of Dr. Potts and his quest for a breakthrough.

While the plot centers around Dr. Potts's relentless pursuit of a painless cure, the story also delves into the personal lives and struggles of the characters. Bellamy skillfully intertwines their narratives, creating a rich tapestry of human emotions and relationships. Dr. Potts's determination is juxtaposed with his wife's growing concerns about the ethical implications of his endeavors, creating a compelling conflict that drives the story forward.

Moreover, the author's prose is fluid and descriptive, transporting readers into a bygone era. Bellamy's attention to detail brings the settings to life, making it easy to visualize the quaint town and its inhabitants. The dialogue between the characters is realistic and engaging, allowing readers to connect with their hopes, fears, and aspirations.

Despite its historical setting, Potts's Painless Cure 1898 touches upon themes that remain relevant today. Bellamy raises thought-provoking questions about the ethics of medical experimentation and the pursuit of scientific progress at any cost. By skillfully blending history, science, and human drama, the author delivers a multi-layered narrative that lingers in the minds of readers, prompting them to reflect upon their own beliefs and values.

In conclusion, Potts's Painless Cure 1898 is a well-crafted and immersive historical novel that combines elements of medical science, personal struggles, and societal dynamics in a compelling manner. Edward Bellamy's attention to detail and engaging storytelling make this book a worthwhile read for those interested in delving into the complexities of medical practices and the human condition in the late 19th century.

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By Edward Bellamy


"Must you go up to that tiresome old college again to night?"

Pouting lips and delicate brows fretted in pretty importunity over the troubled eyes enforced the pleading tones, and yet the young man to whom they were addressed found strength to reply:

"I 'm afraid I can't get rid of it. I particularly promised Sturgis I would look in on him, and it won't do for me to cut my acquaintance with the class entirely just because I 'm having such a jolly time down here."

"Oh, no, you don't think it jolly at all, or you would n't be so eager to go away. I 'm sure I must be very dull company."

The hurt tone and pretended pique with which she said this were assuredly all that was needed to make the petite teaser irresistible. But the young man replied, regarding her the while with an admiration in which there was a singular expression of uneasiness:

"Can't, Annie, 'pon honor. I 'm engaged, and you know

"'I could not love thee, dear, so much, Loved I not honor more!'"

And transferring her hand to his lips he loosed its soft, lingering clasp and was gone, stopping at the gate to throw back a kiss to her as she stood in the porch, by way of amends for his hasty parting.

"George Hunt, you 're an infernal scamp!"

These were the opprobrious words he muttered to himself as he passed out of earshot... Continue reading book >>

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