Growing up in a family filled with physicians, I was often tested with the following question: What do you call a Jewish boy who does not like the sight of blood? The answer: a lawyer. While I hope that I have not been too adversely impacted by both the gender and ethnic stereotypes that the joke relies on, like many jokes it touches on a sensitive topic: phobias and medical care. Poking needles into body cavities and threading tubing up or down or into a body part: these are not “normal” behaviors. And they carry with them attendant risks. Why shouldn't they be accompanied by some degree of fear, for both the “perpetrator” and the recipient?
Rosenbaum JT. In Defense of Phobias. JAMA. 2008;299(20):2368. doi:10.1001/jama.299.20.2368
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