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    Sunday, March 21, 2004
    What Doctors Talk About in Staff Meetings

    During our monthly office meeting on Friday, we met with a spokesperson for a company which provides home nebulizers and meds to patients with breathing problems. He was particularly proud of a new, miniature, portable nebulizer which he demonstrated for our use, and which consisted of a small inhaler attached to an on-off button which looked rather like a computer mouse. Among its other virtues: it's completely silent. When the demonstrator pressed the button a stream of what looked like fog came out of the mouthpiece, with absolutely no noise. Wonderful little toy, expensive as hell, I'm sure.

    I stage-whispered: "It's a bong."

    Our medical director: "I hope you never run for public office, Alice, because I'll have to come forward and tell everyone about this. You seem awfully familiar with drug paraphenalia." (Yes, she was kidding.)

    Me: "I, uh, read about them somewhere."

    General laughter, including from the rep, who fortunately had a sense of humor.



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