It is well known that doctors who practise Homoeopathy have many questions to ask of their patients. They have to know symptoms, and likes and dislikes, and a host of other details about the patient, and sometimes even about the patient's parents and their parents. On one occasion a homoeopathic physician who was recommended by a friend met Gandhi to diagnose his ailments and prescribe remedies. The physician started: "When and what did your father die of?" Gandhi replied: "He had had a fall, developed fistula, and died at the age of 65." The physician continued: "What did your mother die of?" Gandhi: "She became a widow and died of a broken heart." Seeing a bottle of jaggery (molasses) on Gandhi's table, the physician asked: "Do you like sweet things or pungent?" "I think you like sweets," he added. Gandhi: "I have a sweet tooth but I could gorge myself with bhajias and fritters." Physician: "No one likes only sweets?' Gandhi: "Don't say that. I have known Brahmins who will take huge laddus (sweet balls) by the dozen without any bhajias.
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