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In the Jocular Vein

Can't take a little criticism?

A 92-year-old man was diagnosed with a large left hemispheric subdural hematoma. Because of his age, his hypertension, and his cardiac status, it was decided to proceed with bur holes and drain placement under local anesthesia.

The patient found this quite uncomfortable and said to the neurosurgeon, "Doctor, you undoubtedly have the makings of a fine person, but you need a lot of work." I'm told this was well received by the nurses.

—Philip M. Green, MD
Kalamazoo, MI




Last Laugh.

Medical Economics

Aug. 6, 2004;81:80.