The man Who Was a Hospital Introduction, Summary, Theme, and important questions.

In this article, I have given an introduction, theme, summary, and important short questions of the short story " The man Who was a Hospital" written by Jerome K. Jerome. This article is for the students of F.A. These questions are very important from the examination point of view. All the questions are selected from these questions

 The Man Who Was a Hospital

(By Jerome K. Jerome)


The essay "The Man Who Was a Hospital" is written by Jerome Kalpra Jerome, born on 2 May 1859 and died on 14 June 1927. He is also known as Jerome K. Jerome. He is an English novelist and playwright. He is also a famous humorous writer. He worked as a railway clerk, actor, and journalist for his survival. He is best known for his work "Three Men in the Boat. Twe his work is translated into different languages of the world. Three Men in the boat is the story of three friends including Jerome K. Jerome.

Main Points of the story

1. The writer knows that his liver is out of order.
2. He went to the British Museum and knows that he is suffering from all diseases.
3. He came to know that he is not suffering from only one disease which is Housemaid's knee.
4. He thinks that he is a hospital and students walk around him and get their degrees.
5. He see his doctor and he gave him the prescription.
6. No medicine, but a balanced diet, proper sleep, and avoiding unnecessary things.


The theme of the story is that we should not think about unnecessary things. It signifies that we should not try to figure out about which we do not have professional and general knowledge and consult professional people about such matters. There are many people who are mentally disturbed because of overthinking. They think that they have some disease without consulting a professional. The message of the story is that we should not try to do about what we do not know.


"The Man who was a Hospital " has been taken from the famous novel "Three Men in a boat" written by Jerome K. Jerome. The story of the novel revolves around three friends George, Haris, and Jerome himself. They discussed their health problems. Actually, they are suffering from Hypochondria. All three friends discuss their feelings. From the discussion, they conclude that they are suffering from overwork and they need holidays.

 They made a plane for three days trip in the Thames River. Jerome K. Jerome told his story that once his liver was out of order, he came to know from a patent pill liver circular. He says that whenever he reads symbols of any disease he came to know that he is suffering from this disease. Once he goes to British Museum in order to study an ailment because he was suffering from some slight ailment. Maybe it was Hay Fiver. I want to study Hay Fiver. He study a book that was about different diseases and symbols of different diseases.

He said that when he studied this disease, he idly turned over the page. He started reading this page, and there is some other information about some other diseases. He began to study other diseases, and after some time, he forgot why he came there. As he continued to study diseases, he found that he is suffering from all these diseases.

He studied the symbols of the Thyphid Fiver, and he came to know that he is suffering from this disease for many years. Then he studied St. Vitas Dance, and he came to know he is suffering from this disease. He started taking interest in more diseases and he came to know that he is suffering from Bright's disease, Cholera, diphtheria, Gout, and Zymosis. Zymosis was the last disease and after that list ended.

He concluded that he is suffering from almost all diseases but only one disease which was Housemade Knee. He felt sorry that he is not suffering from this disease.Then, he determined to do without housemade's knee.

He thought that he was an acquisition for medical class because students need not visit many hospitals in order to complete their degrees if he was available to them. He thought that he was in a hospital. Students should walk around themselves and get their diplomas. He began to think about how long he could live. He evaluate himself, and he try to feel his pulse but could not find any pulse at all. Then he try to examine his heart but he could not find any heart.

He examined his tongue and then he checked his eyes. He concluded that he was suffering from Carlet Fever. My condition became very bad. When he entered the library he was a healthy and happy man. Now he became ill and weak. He felt very weak and ill. 

He decided to visit his doctor. The doctor was his old friend. He told his doctor that he was not suffering from Housemade's, other diseases he was suffering from. He told his doctor how he came to know that he was suffering from all these diseases. The doctor examined me, hit me on my chest, and butted me with the side of his head. He did not like this.

The doctor wrote my prescription. He visited a chimest and gave him the prescription. Instead of giving him any medicine, the doctor handed it back by saying that if we had a cooperative- store and family hotel. There was no medicine but there were a few health tips written on the prescription. He followed the instruction and he found a good result. His life was saved and going on. This story told us how overthinking and incomplete knowledge affect our lives.

Important Questions

Q1. What kind of story it is?

The story is a humorous exaggeration in which the writer makes the reader laugh at his expense.

Q2. How did the writer come to suspect that his liver was out of order?

He came to know about it from a patent liver pill circular in which the various symptoms of this disease were given in detail which could tell the man when his liver is out of order.

Q3. Why did the writer go to the British Museum?

He went there to read up on the treatment of hay fever from the book of pharmacology.

Q4. What were the diseases he thought he was suffering from on reading a book on the treatment of diseases?

On reading the book, he thought he was suffering from all the diseases such as typhoid fever, St. vicus's Dance, Bright's disease, Cholera, Diphtheria, gout, Red fever, and zymosis.

Q5. What was the disease he discovered he did not have?

He discovered he did not have a housemaid's knee.

Q6. Was the writer pleased to find that he didn't have a housemaid's knee?

No, he felt rather hurt about this at first and it to be a sort of slight.

Q7. What was his assessment of himself after knowing he suffered from all diseases?

He thought he was a hospital in himself.

Q8. Why should he be an acquisition of the medical class?

He thought he would be an interesting case from a medical point of view and all the medical students need to do would be to walk around him, and, after that take their diploma.

Q9. How did the writer try to examine himself?

he tried to feel his pulse, but he could not feel them properly, because he was not an expert in doing so.

Q10.How did the writer enter and come out of the reading room?

He entered the reading room a happy and healthy man and came out a sad and disease-stricken man.

Q11. What relation did he have with the doctor?

The doctor was an old friend of the writer.

Q12. What did the doctor think about the writer?

The doctor thought the writer was a man of whimsical nature.

Q13. He thought he was doing the doctor good turn by going to him. Why?

He thought that the doctor would get more practice out of him than out of seven hundred ordinary patients.

Q14. How did the doctor check him?

The doctor opened him, looked down at him, clutched hold of his wrist, and then hit him over the chest.

Q15. What prescription did the doctor write?

The prescription was " 1Lb. beefsteak, every 6 hous. Ten-mile walk every morning, Bed at 11 sharp every night. and don't understand"

Q16. Describe the writer's visit to the chemist.

he did not open the prescription, took it to the nearest chemist and handed it to him who read it, and then handed it back.

Q17. What did the chemist reply?

The chemist replied that he did not keep it, and he further said that if he were a cooperative store and family hotel combined, he might be able to oblige him.

Q18. What is the significance of the doctor's advice Don't stuff your head with things you don't understand?

It signifies that we should not try to figure out about which we do not have professional and general knowledge and consult professional people about such matters.

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