Last night my husband and I went out with a bunch of his colleagues. Hanging out with a bunch of doctors is not really my idea of a good time, but I guess I have to accept the hand I’ve been dealt. Not that I really dislike doctors in any particular way, but there is always that invisible wall that exists between doctors and regular people. Doctors always think they are so superior, yet deep down inside I really think that literature majors are much more superior. So there.
Of our party of twelve, ten were doctors (all still working on their specialties), and two of us were doctor’s wives. Luckily, the other wife present was also a lit major, so we had something to talk about. Of the ten doctors, few actually looked like doctors, although I can’t really say what doctors should look like. But I did learn a few things about doctors last night.
Five out of the ten doctors are specializing in psychiatry. Take that, Tom Cruise! I imagine any day now I’ll be telling “5 psychiatrists walked into a bar” jokes.
Only one of the ten doctors was a surgeon. Apparently, doctors and surgeons are mortal enemies, much like lions and hyenas.
Three of the ten doctors were balding, belying their youthful ages and appearances.
Five of the ten doctors are smokers, and one of the smokers is a pulmonary specialist. I realize that as far as Greece is concerned having five people smoking out of a table of twelve isn’t that surprising a statistic. But honestly, those statistics are never going to change if five out of ten doctors smoke. I am trying to figure out how a doctor who smokes can in good conscience tell a lung disease patient not to smoke. In my opinion, doctors should be setting some sort of example, because obviously, having a sticker that says smoking can kill you in huge bold Greek letters on cigarette packages isn’t doing the trick.
I’ve gone on about smoking before so I won’t continue my diatribe now. I’m the last person to ask people to give up their vices. Yea, I hate smoking, and would prefer people didn’t do it around me, because after a night in a smoky restaurant my lungs are not feeling too great. But I am pretty sure most smokers know they shouldn’t smoke. Besides, why should they stop smoking when the doctors who tell them it is harmful smoke too?