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Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies

Some forms of medical treatment are not normally used because they are liable to be as dangerous in effect as the diseases themselves. But when a patient’s  condition is so grave that his life is almost despaired of, there is no alternative but to take a fifty-fifty chance and use one of those desperate remedies.

In the same way, if a man finds himself in a desperate position, he must take desperate steps to get out of it. For example, should a gambler be deeply in debt, he may rob his employers of a thousands pounds, giving as his excuse when charged with the embezzlement, ‘I couldn’t help myself. Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies.’