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Monday, 25 August, 1828

Today have a case of much importance and severity, and for want of an instrument, feel much anxiety about. I, however, gave the necessary direction and left Gage to attend to it. I reflected on it all day and could not get it out of the mind. When I came home just at dark I was told that Doctor Shuman had been requested to see the patient and as much be expected, this was no agreeable intelligence. But it is best to be or appear satisfied. I had heard so much of this man, both pro and con, that I was quite desirous of becoming acquainted with him. So we were introducted accordingly. He views himself omnipotent and unyielding in his ideas; he never asked me how he (the patient)