> 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!"