Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Heads or Tails #49 -- Doctor

No, I didn't do a 'Heads or Tails' last week. And, no, I don't have a note from my doctor. Nor do I believe one is required. But, speaking of doctors, our own wonder drug, Barb, says today's Heads or Tails challenge is to riff on the word "doctor." Don't much care for doctors? Oh, well, suture self.

I once tried to explain here why doctors tend to look young and fit -- while male lawyers tend to look, er, bald. My theory then was that only the strong and healthy types can make it through residency. But that doesn't explain the overabundance of baldness in male lawyers. It may have something to do with the sickly green light produced by photocopiers.

(Lockhorns comic obtained from this site, though I read it in the Chicago Tribune).

I'm not the only one who's noticed that doctors look so young.

Nor is this a recent observation on my part.

See this fellow at left? He looks very much like a resident who interviewed me when I was hospitalized some 20 years ago. (OK, more than 20 -- I probably wasn't 30 then.)

The resident was there on morning rounds to take my history. He asked about why I was hospitalized and how my surgery had gone. I said I would wait to roll over and show off my scars until the rest of the kiddie corps caught up with him. So he started to ask background information -- but he decided to guess my age.

"Around 50, right?"

Did I mention this was over 20 years ago and I wasn't even 30? I won't mention exactly how I responded.

11 comments:

Rambler said...

Doogie howser ha? :)

I am intrigued by the bald observations about lawyers..

Skittles said...

I suspect part of your response included telling him kiss the part of you that would have been showing had you rolled over.

storyteller said...

I so relate to your topic … some of my doctors look like they’re in High School but they do seem to know their stuph … of course ‘diplomacy’ might be another matter ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Lahdeedah said...

My brother in law is bald and he's in med school... then again, he does look young...

Kacey said...

Dougie Howser was not only young---he was also gay. You are right about doctors getting younger and younger....mine told me last year that his mother is two years younger than I. Sheesh! However, my dad was a lawyer and he had a full head of curls when he died at seventy-eight.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Getting Doogie is bad luck!

Karen said...

Funny how we get things in our heads. LOL

cj said...

My doctor has a baby face...

But he's a good guy and I have confidence in him.

And he knows how old I am!

http://rtmm.blogspot.com/2008/07/heads-or-tails-4.html

cjh

No_Newz said...

He tried to guess your age? Was it a carnival hospital? Jeez Louise, I'd have smacked him and blamed it on my meds.

Ralph said...

If I need legal counsel, I want the most experienced barrister to handle my case. And really, older looking and probably more experienced (I hope) in the legal nuances to provide a satisfactory conclusion.

You shouldn't judge a book. etc., but the more experienced looking lawyer should provide comfort and great service. Older is better.

Even at 25-33%...

Mother Jones RN said...

Funny post! Love the cartoon.


MJ