I don't disagree with you--but in Robert's defense, Clarkson has been wrong about nearly every medical case featured. Do you remember how he and Isobel tussled over the farmer, John Drake, in season one? And then his wrong diagnosis of Matthew, and Lavinia? There are issues of class and Robert's blindness, but he went with the doctor who said everything was going to be okay. I think he wanted to believe that.
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