Laughing Medicine: Bad News

A doctor calls a patient to report on a bone scan and biopsy. The patient is out so the doctor leaves a message to call. As usual, no medical details are left.

After a day of telephone tag, the doctor and the patient finally get together on the phone. Says the doctor in a matter of fact voice, “I have good news and bad news. Which will you have first?”

“The good news.” “OK. The reports say that your cancer has metastasized all over and that you have 48 hours to live.” “You call that good news? It must be the bad news. What could possibly be worse?”

“Well, the bad news is that I tried to call you yesterday.”

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