Association for Jewish studies 2010- 34(1) by Robert Goldenberg
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Shimon ben Eleazar said, R. Meir used to permit one to mix wine and oil and to anoint a sick person on the Sabbath. It once happened that [R. Meir] became sick and we wanted to do so for him but he did not let us. ” 32  Where do we find that R. Akiba disagrees with the rabbis but did not perform a deed according to his own opinion? As we have learned there, The spine or the skull from two corpses, a quarter [of a log] of blood from two corpses, a quarter [of a qab] of bones from two corpses, a severed limb of a corpse from two corpses, or a severed limb of a live person from two people, R.
Meir saying that one may mix them on the Sabbath, but it is more ambiguous about whether that was only his theoretical opinion or whether he also put it into practice. The end of the Tosefta adds that R. Meir would never contradict his colleagues, implying that R. Meir did not permit it to others either. In the Bavli version, Abaye asks Rav Yosef why M. Shabbat 19:2 prohibits preparing a wine-and-oil salve for a baby after circumcision on the Sabbath, considering that R. Meir permitted preparing the same formula for a sick person.
An attempt is made to correct this between the lines, which results in the text found in the printed editions. 32. See T. Shabbat 12:12; B. Shabbat 134a. 33. M. ‘Ohalot 2:6; cf. T. ‘Eduyot 1:7. 34. The basket was placed in the open air courtyard where there was no roof to create a problem of ohel. However, see the commentary of R. v. ( והניחוהוprinted in standard editions of the Yerushalmi), who says it was hung inside the synagogue so that nobody would touch it and thereby cause impurity according to all opinions.