The Old Doctor

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 
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 
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.”

Submitted by Bill Smith on Bob and Tom Dot Com

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