a miserly hypochondriac. He reduced himself to this dilemma: if
his apothecary would not charge less, he could not afford to be sick;
but if he swallowed fewer drugs, he would suffer in health. (
Molière's Le Malade Imaginaire.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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