O Penurize, email

A YOUNG doctor moved out to a small country town to replace a doctor who was retiring. The older doc suggested the younger one accompany him on his rounds so he could be introduced to the townspeople.

At the first house they visited, the woman there said: “I’ve been a feeling a bit sick in my stomach.”

The older doctor said: “Well, you’ve been overdoing the fresh fruit. Cut back on that and see if it does the trick.”

As they left the young doctor said: “You didn’t even examine that woman. How did you come up with that diagnosis so quickly?”

“Simple,” the older doctor replied. “Did you see me drop my stethoscope before? Well, when I bent down to pick it up I noticed dozens of banana peels in the rubbish bin. I deduced that was probably what was making her sick.”

“Hmm, pretty clever,” the younger doctor said. “I’ll try that at the next house.”

At the next house there lived an old lady, who complained she was lacking in energy. “I’ve been feeling terribly run down lately,” she said.

This time the younger doctor piped up. “You’ve probably been doing too much work for the church,” he said. “Perhaps you should cut back a bit and see if that helps.”

As they left, the older doctor said: “How on earth did you know that?”

“Well, just like you at the last house, I dropped my stethoscope. When I bent down to retrieve it, I noticed the priest under the bed.”