The casualties of WaughBMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39239.466516.59 (Published 14 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1277
- Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor
My father was not very good at telling jokes. If something was a fact he couldn't leave it out, and over-inclusiveness is not an aid to mirth. Still, he had a repertoire of old favourites, and one of them, which he told many times, concerned what in those days was still popularly known as the loony bin.
An inmate showed the chairman of the board of visitors around the establishment, and did so with such lucidity that the chairman asked him why he was an inmate at all. He replied that he didn't know, and asked the chairman to help him secure his release. The chairman promised to do so. …
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