Dr. Grumpy: "I think the next step is going to be getting further labs and..."
There's a knock on the door. Mary leans in and says my call partner, Dr. Brain, is on the phone and needs to talk to me immediately. I apologize to my patient and pick up the phone.
Dr. Grumpy: "This is Dr. Grumpy."
Dr. Brain: "Ibee! Do you remember that guy you saw last weekend at the hospital?"
Dr. Grumpy: "I saw 28 consults last weekend. I have no idea who you're talking about."
Dr. Brain: "It was the guy with the stroke!"
Dr. Grumpy: "Uh, that narrows it down to about 27 of them."
Dr. Brain: "Clinically he looked like a left deep white matter stroke? He was the one visiting from Farawayville? Now you remember him?"
Dr. Grumpy: "Vaguely... Why?"
Dr. Brain: "What other area do you think could cause his symptoms?"
Dr. Grumpy: "I'm with a patient here. Is there some reason you had me interrupted for this?"
Dr. Brain: "Well, there was an article, maybe you remember, in the May, 2007 issue of Archives of Intellectual Masturbation about the statistical distribution of deep white matter strokes in..."
Dr. Grumpy: "Look, obviously this isn't urgent. I have a patient here, and I'm going to hang up now. If you want to argue about a differential you have my home number. Or bother Dr. Cortex or Dr. Nerve."
Dr. Brain: "You should have more enthusiasm for your work."