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Participatory Management of Doctors for the New Wing of a Hospital


When doctors were asked to contribute to the construction of a new wing at a hospital:

The allergologists voted to scratch it.

The dermatologists preferred no rash moves.

The gastroenterologists had a gut feeling about it.

The vascular surgeons were thinking along the same vein.

The neurologists thought the administration had a lot of nerve.

The obstetricians stated they were laboring under a misconception.

The ophthalmologists considered the idea short-sighted.

The orthopedists issued a joint resolution.

The parasitologists said, " well, if you encyst."

The pathologists yelled, "over my dead body!"

The pediatricians said, "grow up."

The proctologists said, "we are in arrears."

The psychiatrists thought it was madness.

The surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing.

The radiologists could see right through it.

The internists thought it was a hard pill to swallow.

The plastic surgeons said, "this puts a whole new face on the matter."

The podiatrists thought it was a big step forward.

The urologists felt the scheme wouldn't hold water.

The anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas.

The cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no.

And the otologists were deaf to the idea.

The new wing didn't fly!


December, 1998