Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, was not an author opposed to getting creative when naming his characters. No surprise here – how many “Huckleberry”s do you know in real life? So when, in the spring of 1884, he put himself in the mind of a physician attempting to write a play, Twain was bound to come up with some inspired ideas. It’s probably for the best, though, that the play featuring such characters as “Dysentery Jones” and “Siphillis Briggs” never came to fruition.
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