Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

Attempts to resolve the Quandary:


Though he signed prescriptions with a grand flourish, Dr. Iota offered such skimpy dosages that his patients developed the same iatrogenic sarcasm, mocking their physician in the waiting room (“Feeds us so well, don't he?”), and sometimes exhibiting further symptoms, like one medicine-starved patient who snatched the doctor's prescription pad and scarpered: iatrogenic kleptomania? (by Rudi)


After the patient left a fake MasterCard number and scarpered, he sent the doctor a 3-dollar bill and a sarcastic note with a flourish: "your ability to listen: 1 dollar; your prescription: 1 dollar; your secretary: 1 dollar; the iatrogenic irateness you caused me - priceless". (by QuaQua)


With a final flourish of sarcasm Gregory bolted for the door, feeling all the while that the entire incident was that arrogant ass of a doctor's fault, and thus an iatrogenic event that completely justified his disrespectful scarper. (by gumo420)


"I'm sure you and your hulking friend Nurse Norman thought you could sell these records to the media", sneered Rhonda sarcastically at Penelope Widget, M.D., Ph.D., FAPA, "but you forgot that I already have proof that you yourself caused the illness by prescribing too many psychotropic drugs for me, and the mood of the public is extremely unforgiving toward perpetrators of iatrogenic histrionic personality disorder", and, with a flourish of the stolen medications, she scarpered. (by cusheamus)


I showed the patient the door, told him to scarper, and said that he was a malingering valetudinarian and a confounded pest; to which on this occasion he could reply only with a vehemently extended digit for, following my impulsive frenectomy of his undoubted powers of iotrogrenic invective, any further attempts at sarcasm had been reduced to this obscene but thankfully mute flourish. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Tuesday, May 04, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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