The Cobbler Turned Doctor

: Aesop's Fables

A COBBLER unable to make a living by his trade and made desperate

by poverty, began to practice medicine in a town in which he was

not known. He sold a drug, pretending that it was an antidote to

all poisons, and obtained a great name for himself by long-winded

puffs and advertisements. When the Cobbler happened to fall sick

himself of a serious illness, the Governor of the town determined

to test his skill. For this purpose he called for a cup, and

while filling it with water, pretended to mix poison with the

Cobbler's antidote, commanding him to drink it on the promise of

a reward. The Cobbler, under the fear of death, confessed that

he had no knowledge of medicine, and was only made famous by the

stupid clamors of the crowd. The Governor then called a public

assembly and addressed the citizens: "Of what folly have you been

guilty? You have not hesitated to entrust your heads to a man,

whom no one could employ to make even the shoes for their feet."