The selfsame patient put to test
Two doctors, Fear-the-worst and Hope-the-best.
The latter hoped; the former did maintain
The man would take all medicine in vain.
By different cures the patient was beset,
But erelong cancelled nature’s debt,
As was prescribed by Fear-the-worst.
But over the disease both triumphed still.
Said one, “I well foresaw his death.”
“Yes,” said the other, “but my pill
Would certainly have saved his breath.”
The Doctors – Jean de La Fontaine Fables – Book 5