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Thursday, March 24

Bedside Manner

A doctor friend of mine told me about the following conversation between a colleague of his and a Mexican patient, conducted through an interpreter:
Doctor: What seems to be the problem?
Interpreter: Asks the woman
Woman: Something in Spanish (probably spoken quickly and excitedly)
I: She says that the baby won't latch on to her breast and drink the milk.
D: [Without pausing] Tell her the reason is her milk tastes bad because she's a bad mother.
I: [Stares at doctor in disbelief and confusion]

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