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To the Editor:—
I had an appointment with my doctor recently and had an opportunity of observing his office nurse in action. As I walked into the waiting room, the door of the office was open and I saw the nurse talking to a pretty woman in her early thirties, whose hair was greying prematurely. A man who had been sitting in the waiting room joined the nurse and woman and identified himself as the woman's husband. The nurse said in a loud voice, "Yes, I know you are Mr. Joy." Then she proceeded to tell, in the same loud voice, an excruciatingly funny story—to her—about how she had made a mistake last week and taken the wife of a male patient for his mother. The poor woman staggered through the waiting room, with the stares of the waiting patients on her face, completely demoralized and looking at least 10
IN A WAITING ROOM. JAMA. 1954;156(8):788. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950080036018