Stories and misadventures of a farmer would-be doctor
An exhilarating story by Ermanno Cavazzoni, from Vite brevi di idioti. The protagonist is Gallinari Sauro, a farmer that thinks to be naturally talented for curing people
The blood pressure measurer
A tenant farmer that was living with his mother in a small valley in a house close to the country road was used to spend his days hidden among the bushes, since he thought that was the way physicians use to do. As soon as someone was passing close to his bushes he was jumping out his cache to measure the unfortunate’s blood pressure. His name was Gallinari Sauro, known as Gallinari. He was spending his days in the countryside with a sphygmomanometer ready close to his hand, and while he was caring at his oat or potato fields, he was just thinking at medicine. He was sure to be naturally talented for it. As for the land instead, that was just his villeinage, he thought, and it was completely not important for his life. During his nap time he was trying the measure on his own arm, exactly how he heard the physicians do in the hospitals when a sphygmomanometer still needs some improvement. He was spending long times working on his arm, under a shady tree, with full satisfaction.
Text from: Ermanno Cavazzoni, Vite brevi di idioti, Feltrinelli, Milano 1994 http://www.ibs.it/code/9788807814266/cavazzoni-ermanno/vite-brevi-idioti.html