The autobiography of Heinrich Stilling, tr. by S. Jackson

 
9781236320681: The autobiography of Heinrich Stilling, tr. by S. Jackson
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1843 Excerpt: ... to oome to him. The latter went, and found an old man of sixty-eight years of age, with a snow-white heard hanging down to his girdle. On hearing that the Doctor was there, he rose from his chair with a tottering step, strove to find him, and said, "Doctor, look at my eyes!" He then made a grinning face, and pulled both his eyes wide open. Meanwhile a multitude of Jewish faces of all kinds crowded into the room, and here and there a voice was heard, exclaiming, "Silence!--what will he say?" Stilling looked at his eyes, and declared that, with the help of God, he should be able to assist him. "Blessings on the gentleman!" resounded from all sides; "may he live a hundred years!" The Rabbi now began: "Hush!--hear me, Doctor; only one eye,--only one!--for if it does not succeed--only one!" "Well," answered Stilling, "I will come the day after to-morrow; and as you wish, it shall be only one." The next day Stilling performed the operation on a poor woman in the Jews' hospital; and the following morning on the Rabbi. The same day, being at Mr. Von Leesner's, he was called to the house-door; he there found a poor beggar Jew of about sixty years of age, who was completely blind of both eyes, and therefore sought help; he was led by his son, a good-looking youth of sixteen years of age. The poor man wept, and said, "Ah, dear Doctor, I and my wife have ten living children; I was an industrious man, have travelled about much, and maintained them honestly; but now, alas! I am a beggar, and all my children beg; and you know how it is with us Jews." Stilling was inwardly affected; with tears in his eyes, he seized his two hands, pressed them, and said, "With the Lord's help, you shall h...

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