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October 23, 1954


JAMA. 1954;156(8):788. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950080036018

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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

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