The New Doctor

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Eric, Aug 19, 2002.

  1. Eric

    Eric Guest

    > A young doctor moved out to a small community to
    > replace the aging doctor there. The older doctor suggested that
    > the younger doctor accompany him as he made his house calls so
    > that the people of the community could get to know him.
    > At the first house they visited, the younger doctor
    > listened intently as the older doctor and an older lady
    > discussed the weather, their grandchildren and the latest church
    > bulletin.
    > After some time, the older doctor asked his patient
    > how she had been feeling.
    > "I've been a little sick to my stomach," she replied.
    > "Well," said the older physician, "you've probably
    > been over doing it a bit with the fresh fruit. Why don't you cut
    > back on the amount of fresh fruit you eat and see if that
    > helps."
    > As they left the house, the younger doctor asked how
    > the older doctor had reached his diagnosis so quickly.
    > "You didn't even examine that woman," the younger
    > doctor stated.
    > "I didn't have to," the elder physician explain. "You
    > noticed I dropped my stethoscope on the floor in there. Well
    > when I bent over to pick it up, I looked around and noticed a half
    > dozen banana peels in the trash can. That is probably what
    > has been making her ill."
    > "That's pretty sneaky," commented the younger doctor.
    > "Do you mind if I try it at the next house?"
    > "I don't suppose it could hurt anything," the elder
    > physician replied.
    > At the next house, the two doctors visited with a
    > widow. They spent several minutes discussing the weather and
    > grandchildren and the latest church bulletin. After several minutes,
    > the younger doctor asked the widow how she had been
    > feeling lately.
    > "I've felt terribly run down lately," the widow
    > replied. "I just don't have as much energy as I used to."
    > "You've probably been doing too much volunteer work
    > for the church," the younger doctor suggested without even
    > examining his patient. "Perhaps you should ease up a bit and see if
    > that helps."
    > As they left, the elder physician said, "Your
    > diagnosis is probably correct, but do you mind telling me how you
    > came to that conclusion?"
    > "Sure," replied the younger doctor. "Just like you, I
    > dropped my stethoscope on the floor. When I bent down to pick it
    > up, I looked around and saw the preacher hiding under the
    > bed!"