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(1929) [MARC] Author: Axel Munthe - Tema: Medicine
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XII
THE GIANT



As time went on, I realized more and
more how rapidly Norstrom’s practice was
dwindling away, and that the day might come
when he would have to put up the shutters
altogether. Soon even the numerous Scandinavian
colony, rich and poor, was drifting away from Rue
Pigalle to Avenue de Villiers. I tried in vain to
stay the tide, luckily Norstrom never doubted
my loyalty, we remained friends to the last. God
knows it was not a lucrative practice, this
Scandinavian clientèle. During my whole life as a
doctor in Paris it was like a stone round my neck
that might have drowned me had it not been for
my firm footing in the English and American
colony and among the French themselves. As it
was, it took away a great deal of my time and
brought me into all sorts of troubles, it ended
even by bringing me to prison. It is a funny
story, I often tell it to my friends who write
books, as a striking application of the law of
coincidence, the hard worked cheval de bataille of
novelists.

Apart from the Scandinavian workmen in
Pantin and La Villette, over one thousand in all,
always in need of a doctor, there was the artist
colony in Montmartre and Montparnasse always

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