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    Monday, October 11, 2004
    Sarcasm and Medicine

    Got the following emails - the first from V. (she actually had a patient tell her this) and the reply from our friend the Infectious Disease expert:

    Hey Scientists!!
    I've just learned of a new test. You spit in a glass of water, first thing in the morning. Don't brush your teeth first. Come back a bit later & if you have germs in your stomach, you will see that the water's become cloudy & there are wormy things floating on the top of the water. Gee, what a great test!! It might just put those ID & GI guys right out of business.

    Followed by:

    I've been performing this test for years--and charging for it.
    Another thing I tell my patients that are concerned about eating sushi (and all the germs that could go along with it), is that if they take a hot bath afterwards, they'll cook the raw fish. Most people find that very comforting.



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