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:
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.
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.