Soundings

Noise at Rhinoceros General

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7095.1699 (Published 07 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1699
  1. George Dunea, consulting physician
  1. Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA Hospital, Chicago, USA

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    I was recently told that in Rhinoceros City, in the deep midwest, a progressive hospital had near its front entrance a sign saying “Silence, hospital zone. Do not honk your horn or you will disturb the people making noise inside.”

    Somewhat incredulous, I went to interview Mr Lehrkopf, director of the hospital's understaffed (only 2000 clerks) department of Public Disinformation and Mammalian Welfare. I found him busily writing a grant to save the wild rhinoceros in the environs of the sister city of Goma. He flatly denied there was ever such a sign, saying it was unnecessary because under the new …

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