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 little sick to my
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.'