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The Young Doctor

A young doctor had moved out to a small community to
replace a doctor who was retiring. 

The older gent suggested the young one accompany him 
on his rounds so the community could become used to 
a new doctor. 

At the first house a woman complained, "I've been a
little sick to my stomach."  

The older doctor said, "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 

As they left the younger man said, "You didn't even 
examine that woman.  How'd you come to your 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 was probably making her sick."

"Huh," the younger doctor said, "Pretty sneaky.  I think 
I'll try that at the next house." 

Arriving at the next house, they spent several minutes 
talking with an elderly woman.

She complained that she just didn't have the energy she 
once did.  "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 helps." 

As they left, the elder doc said, "Your diagnosis is almost
certainly correct, but how did you arrive at it?"
"Well, just like you at the last house, I dropped my
stethoscope.  When I bent down to retrieve it, I noticed 
the preacher under the bed." 

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