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Doctor Livingstone, I presume

A humorous greeting. The phrase refers to Scottish explorer David Livingstone, who was presumed lost in Africa in the mid-19th century. When reporter H.M. Stanley finally located him, he greeted Livingstone with this now-famous phrase. You must be the gentleman I'm looking for—Doctor Livingstone, I presume?
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Doctor Livingstone, I presume?

Jocular You are who I think you are, are you not? Oh, there you are. Doctor Livingstone, I presume?
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presume (up)on someone or something

to take unwelcome advantage of someone or something. I didn't mean to seem to presume upon you. I apologize. I did not feel that you presumed on me.
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Doctor Livingstone, I presume?

A 19th-century explorer named Dr. David Livingstone became something of a national hero through his articles and lectures about his adventures in Africa. In 1864, Livingstone led an expedition to discover the source of the Nile. When little to nothing was heard from or about Livingstone after many years, Europeans and Americans became concerned. In 1871, the publisher of the New York Herald hired Henry Stanley, a newspaper reporter, to find Livingstone. Heading a group of some two hundred men, Stanley headed into the African interior. After nearly eight months he found Livingstone in a small village on the shore of Lake Tanganyika. As Stanley described the encounter, “As I advanced slowly toward him I noticed he was pale, looked wearied . . . I would have embraced him, only, he being an Englishman, I did not know how he would receive me; so I . . . walked deliberately to him, took off my hat, and said, ‘Dr. Livingstone, I presume?' The phrase “‘Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” caught the public's fancy, and any number of would-be wits greeted friends with it until the phrase lost all traces of cleverness. But that never stopped people from continuing to use it long past the public's memory of who Livingstone or Stanley were.
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Here's the nub of the argument put forward by Professor John Fabre, emeritus professor, Kings College London, in a recent article in Clinical Medicine: Presumed consent legally requires you to put your name on a national opt-out register, otherwise your consent will be presumed when you die.
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These are questions which should be answered now, not a couple of weeks before the Presumed Consent Law comes into effect.
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The doctrinal office translated the norms so as to "aid the pastors of the Catholic Church in their difficult task of discerning presumed apparitions, revelations, messages or, more generally, extraordinary phenomena of presumed supernatural origin," the cardinal wrote in a note dated December 2011.
Presumed consent can lead to abuse of the human body.
But with presumed consent in Wales not England, there must then follow a desperate attempt to ascertain which side of the border the deceased is from and whether it is legal to start extracting organs.
The second bill would legalize an "opt-out clause," which would an individual the right to remove themselves from the presumed consent system.
Gordon Brown's attempts to implement presumed consent in Great Britain received consistent media coverage.
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PRIME Minister Gordon Brown last month caused intense debate after giving backing to hospitals wanting to adopt a system of presumed consent for the removal of organs from dead patients.
The controversial issue of presumed consent did not form part of recommendations from the Organ Donation Taskforce.