Medical humor: No stomach to spare (1906)

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No stomach to spare

“Patients who come to hospital clinics are in deadly fear of being operated upon,” remarked a Roosevelt Hospital intern. “They are under the impression that the doctors stand with the knife poised ready to plunge it into them at random, and on the slightest excuse.

“A man, whose complaint was some form of indigestion, had been shown by one of the doctors how to relieve his trouble by massaging or kneading the afflicted region. This he promised to do night and morning.

“Well, do you knead your stomach?” asked the physician when the patient appeared at the clinic a week later.

“Sure I need my stomach!” the man said quickly, as he placed both hands over the threatened organ, and backed toward the door, “and I’m not going to let you cut it out, either.” – New York Press


Photo: Surgeons around operating table at Professor William W Keen’s Clinic, Jefferson Medical College Hospital – December 10, 1902

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