Given the state of medicine at the time, I would probably have doubts about its efficacy myself.
S. Nightingale

I think he viewed doctors with a healthy dose of skepticism after witnessing so much death early in life and especially after the death of his brother Nikolay. I’m not sure when Nikolay died relative to the writing of W&P but maybe @Brian E. Denton can shed some light on the timeline. I think Tolstoy found doctors to be mostly useless because they couldn’t cure him of the one affliction that tormented him the most: impending death.

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