Doctor has a patient, a little old black lady, 88 years old.
The old lady has a medical complaint, and the doctor outlines the treatments for her—call them options A or B.
"Well, doctor," she says, I don't really have any basis for choosing. Which would you recommend?"
Doctor says, "If it were my mother, I'd choose option B."
The old lady thinks for a moment. "I see," she says. "And do you like your mother?"
• • •
(Sounds like a joke, but this really happened—to my brother Charlie, who's a doctor in Chicago. The woman has been a patient of his for more than 20 years, and her mother, who was once a major celebrity, was a patient of his as well. He knows the family well and he's extremely fond of her. You can see why, can't you? It's not the first story about her I've heard.)
(Thanks to Charlie)
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