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A young doctor had moved out to a small community to replace a

doctor who was retiring. The older doctor suggested that the

young one accompany him on his rounds, so the community could

become used to a new doctor


At the first house a woman complains, 'I've been a little sick

to my stomach.'

The older doctor says, 'Well, you've probably been overdoing

the fresh fruit. Why not cut back on the amount you've been

eating and see if that does the trick?'

As they left, the younger man said, 'You didn't even examine

that woman?* How'd you come to the diagnosis so quickly?'

'I didn't have to. You noticed I dropped my stethoscope on

the floor in there? When I bent over to pick it up,I noticed

a half dozen banana peels in the trash. That was what

probably was making her sick.

'Huh,' the younger doctor said. 'Pretty clever. I think I'll

try that at the next house.'

Arriving at the next*house, they spent several minutes talking

with a younger woman. She complained that she just didn't have

the energy she once did and said, 'I'm feeling terribly run

down lately.'


'You've probably been doing too much work for the Church,' the

younger doctor told her. 'Perhaps you should cut back a bit

and see if that helps.'


As they left, the elder doctor said, 'I know that woman well.

Your diagnosis is almost certainly correct, but how did you

arrive at it?


'I did what you did at the last house.* I dropped my

stethoscope and when I bent down to retrieve it, I noticed the

preacher under the bed.'

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