War and Peace Volume 3, Part 1, Chapter 16 Summary
Meanwhile, Natasha is so sick that even Countess Rostov comes to Moscow, and they all rent a house to wait for Natasha to get better.
There are lots and lots of doctors. Each one prescribes some different medication.
Shmoop aside: obviously, this is in the days before medicine became the evidence-based science that it is today. Back then “medicine” could be just about anything – often things we now consider harmful, like opium or cocaine.
The doctors seem to have an effect, mostly because Natasha feels taken care of. Since her problem is basically mental, she just needs some time and love to feel better.
The family rallies around her and eventually she perks up and stops being so catatonic all the time.