Chapter 42: Europe again.—heroic remedies.—health restored.
arrived at Havre
June 1; and after a night at Rouen
, an old city which always fascinated him, he went on to Paris
Two days after, an American merchant, Mr. Henry Woods
, then engaged in business in that city, directed his attention to Dr. Brown
as a person who, though not in the regular practice of medicine or surgery, had devoted himself to the study of nervous diseases, particularly as connected with the spine, and was well known for his experiments in physiology and his lectures before medical bodies.
had had in mind a consultation with some eminent French physician, like Louis, Trousseau
, or Velpeau
; but now, with the sanction of Dr. George Hayward
, then in Paris
, he had recourse to Dr. Brown
, who concurred with Dr. Hayward
in the opinion that the curative influences of time and change of scene were not sufficient to meet the case, but that it required ‘active treatment.’
expressed to Sumner
full confidence that he would recover, though warning him that much patience on his part and considerable time would be required.
first at the latter's lodgings, Hotel de la Paix, Rue de la Paix, on the 10th, having assured his patient in the note by which he made the appointment that there was not a human being, his own family included, whom he would so heartily rejoice to relieve from pain.
After a diagnosis lasting three hours, and accompanied with the application of ice and boiling water, he decided that the blows on the head had taken effect by contre-coup
in the spine, producing disturbance