Tombstone Tuesday: A lesson from a Quack doctor

The following warning and advisory lines are on the tombstone of a quack doctor:

  • I was a quack and there are men who say
  • That in my time I physick’d lives away;
  • And that at length I by myself was slain
  • By my own drugs ta’en to relieve my pain.
  • The truth is, being troubled with a cough, –
  • I like a fool consulted Dr. Gough;
  • Who physick’d me to death, at his own will,
  • Because he’s licensed by the state to kill:
  • Had I but wisely taken my own physic
  • I never should have died of cold and ’tisick.
  • So all be warned, and when you catch a cold
  • Go to my son, by whom my medicine’s sold.

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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