A young doctor had moved out to a small rural community to replace the
retiring country doctor. The older doctor suggested the young one
accompany him on his house calls so the community could become used to a new
At the first house a woman complained, "I've been a little sick to my
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
doesn't do the trick?"
As they left, the younger doctor said, "You didn't even examine that
woman. How did you arrive at 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 exclaimed, "pretty clever. I think I'll try
that at the next house."
Arriving at the next house, they spent several minutes talking with a
younger 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
As they left, the elder doc said, "Your diagnosis is almost certainly
correct, but how did you arrive at it so fast?"
"Well, just as you did at the last house, I dropped my stethoscope and
when I bent down to retrieve it, I noticed the preacher under the bed."