Recently I was talking to an old friend (old in both senses: duration and age) who was bemoaning—as oft we ‘old folk’ do—about the relative youth and inexperience of many of his healthcare providers.
As a case in point, he told me about a recent incident in which he needed to be seen at his clinic after he fell. He made a same-day appointment with a Physician Assistant.
He swears this story is true:
"When the Physician Assistant came in to examine me, she spied the large birthmark on my shin."
Physician Assistant: "Oo-o-oh, what’s that?"
Old Friend: "It’s a birthmark."
Physician Assistant: "Hm-m. How long have you had it?"