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In a flashback, J. recollects how he once went to the British Museum to research a treatment for his hay fever, and after reading about diseases, convinced himself that he was suffering from every illness known to man except for housemaid’s knee. J.’s doctor, clearly recognizing the man's paranoia, prescribed him beefsteak, beer, walking, and good sleep habits, and urged him not to “stuff up your head with things you don’t understand” (10).
i asked why did he prescribe not what ???
The doctor didn't prescribe any medicines.... he prescribed a good dinner, some excercise, and a good night's sleep. He also told J. to quit reading things he didn't understand.