After journeying leisurely through Switzerland
, and the northern part of Italy
, taking Berlin
, and Trieste en route
, he reached Paris
, where he made preparations for his immediate return to America
But in a medical conference held by Dr. Brown
, Dr. George Hayward
, and the illustrious French practitioner, Dr. Trousseau
, he was informed that death would be the inevitable result of so rash an undertaking.
Escaping, therefore, from all the excitements of Paris
, which meant the excitements of Europe
, he fled to Montpelier
, in the south of France
, where he led a life of absolute retirement.
Every day he was cupped on the spine, and three-quarters of his time was spent on his bed or sofa, sleeping whenever
he could, but finding his chief recreation in reading; although he would frequently attend the public lectures at the College
, on History and Literature.