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There have been few men actively engaged in the practice of medicine who were also first rate humorists. This is especially true of ophthalmologists, because about nine tenths of their time is engaged in examinations like the following :
Doctor.—"Well, madam, why have you come to consult me this morning?"
D.—"Yes, madam, you know I do nothing but eye work, so it would naturally be your eyes. What is your complaint?"
P.—"No complaint, just my eyes."
D.—"But what trouble are you having with your eyes?"
P.—"No trouble. I want them examined."
D.—"But, madam, there must be some reason why you wish to have them examined—some symptoms."
P.—"Ten years ago a physician told me—"
D.—"Madam, I am not interested in what was told you ten years ago. What is your complaint now?"
P.—"Well, when I was a young girl, I got glasses at a
The Springtime of Physick, Being a Diverting Outline of Medicine and Surgery.. Arch Ophthalmol. 1929;1(2):302. doi:10.1001/archopht.1929.00810010313016