A young doctor just moved to a small community to replace an elderly doctor who was retiring. On arrival, the older doctor suggested that the new doctor follow him on his evening rounds so the community can get to know their new doctor.
The two men started their rounds, and at their first house, a woman complained,
"I've been a little sick to my stomach."
The older doctor replied the woman saying,
"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 trick?"
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The young doctor who was amazed by what he just saw his mentor do, said,
"You didn't even examine that woman. How'd you come to your diagnosis so quickly?"
The older man told him, "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."
Pretty amazed by the doctor's skills, the younger man suggested that he be the one to try the next house.
At the house, an elderly woman opened the door, and she complained of body ache and that she didn't have the energy she used to. The younger doctor was quick in action and gave her the diagnosis.
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"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."
Now it's the older doctor's turn to be amazed. After curiously asking how he knew what was wrong, the younger doctor replied,
"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."