Angry Doctor

Monday, January 16, 2006

Warning - Smoking may cause dyscalculia

angry doc: Do you smoke?

Patient: Ya. Actually I managed to stop for two months while I was on this medicine from my GP, but then I stopped the medicine and started smoking again.

angry doc: Why? Wasn't the medicine effective?

Patient: It was, but it was expensive.

angry doc: How much did it cost you each month?

Patient: Hundred-over dollars.

angry doc: How much do you smoke a day?

Patient: One pack a day.

angry doc: How much is a pack these days?

Patient: About ten dollars.

angry doc: ... so how long have you had difficulty doing sums?

10 Comments:

  • Ah...denial ain't just a river in Egypt.

    By Blogger Dr Dork, At January 16, 2006 6:02 pm  

  • Yikes!

    Nice picture.

    By Blogger angry doc, At January 16, 2006 6:21 pm  

  • Love the pic, Dr. Dork! LOL!

    Amazing how people set their priorities.....

    By Blogger Kim, At January 17, 2006 8:33 am  

  • Again that generous dose of observation on the foibles of the patient.

    What is the moral of this little ditty?

    That your patients cannot even count?

    By Blogger uglybaldie, At January 17, 2006 11:13 am  

  • No, I think the real issue is what disadvantages and dangers do we place on smoking as a habit?

    Is it just a cost drain in money terms? (In this case, spending $10 A DAY on cigarettes versus $100+ A MONTH on drugs to stop smoking)

    What about the health advantages and reduction in health risks that come with smoking cessation? What value do we place on it? No value? Priceless?

    But these examples are real. Just because Angry doc writes about them does not make him the bad guy. In fact he is just sharing a story. How one chooses to react to these anecdotes is a reflection of their inner thoughts.

    By Blogger Dr Oz bloke, At January 17, 2006 11:44 am  

  • OZ,

    Are you a clairvoyant with telepathy powers?

    Only the HeShe knows what message HeShe wants to convey.

    And HeShe ain't talking.

    By Blogger uglybaldie, At January 17, 2006 12:42 pm  

  • Telepathy and clairvoyance? BINGO!

    I received training at the Xavier Institute at Greymalkin Lane.

    Scott, Jean, Logan, Warren, Ororo, Hank, Remy, are all my good friends at the institute.

    By Blogger Dr Oz bloke, At January 17, 2006 1:22 pm  

  • hi angrydr!

    have linked your blog on mine.
    just letting you know.
    in case you get angry(pun intended)

    cheers,
    lulu

    By Blogger Razzle Dazzled, At January 18, 2006 1:39 am  

  • hmmm, I always thought that only the cigarette smokes. The guy attached to it is the sucker...

    right?

    By Blogger andrew, At January 18, 2006 1:08 pm  

  • Thats true.. human nature is alwys looking at the short term rather than the long term.. ;)

    By Blogger millicent56, At January 25, 2006 12:57 pm  

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