Hot Medical Mishmash

by Brian Carty, MD, MSPH

Here’s another medical joke:

 Q:  When Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem, why did Mary have Jesus in a manger?

 A:  They had Aetna HMO.

Enema Nation

In the Russian city of Zheleznovodsk, a monument has been dedicated to a medical procedure popular at local health spas, the enema.  The statue is a bronze enema syringe supported by three cherubs.  Dozens of spas in the surrounding Caucasus Mountain region give enemas from the area’s mineral springs.  (Internal Medicine News: 7/13/08)

Barack Obama and his advisors were in the area recently on a fact-finding tour to help them design a new government-run health care plan for the US.  Obama said “I’m an enema freak from way back.  I’ll bend over to make sure enemas are included in my new health plan.”


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