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“... the poor man turned pale at lunch when his grouse was badly underdone; he hardly knew whether to eat it or cure it.”
“... the worth of any animal is determined by its owner. This is probably the single hardest thing about being a doctor of animals — when the treatment isn't limited by my skill, education, or experience, or even by the state of veterinary medicine itself, but by the depth of the client's wallet. ... It's a heartbreaker when the question is medical and the answer is economic.”
“... we veterinarians — though trained as physicians — are, in fact, more like mechanics in many ways. Our patients are repaired only as long as their value exeeds the cost of upkeep, though often, it is is true, that value is defined by emotion and love.”