Asthma and Pretty Girls
Back in med school we wouldn’t admit it but we were all scared about half to death. You couldn’t help but be intimidated. There was so much to learn and most of us were too young to have any idea how to deal with people. I think the trend nowadays is towards older students who have some life experience. This is not a bad idea.
I remember one green third year student asked to examine a young woman with asthma. As it turned out, this was a quite attractive girl, and those flimsy gowns didn’t do much to hide the fact.
The boy was quite unaccustomed to being around anyone who looked like that, much less being called on to examine her chest. He placed his stethoscope with great caution, careful to avoid any notion of impropriety.
He listened. “Breathe in, and out,” he counseled in a most professional manner. He did his best to divert his eyes from the obvious fact that God had been very kind to this young woman.
The exam went on for a moment, then she asked a question.
“Sir, aren’t you supposed to put that thing in your ears?”
The boy was too embarrassed to go on, and left the room. Someone else had to do the intake on that one.
I think he went into Radiology.