Health & Spirit

The President's Number

Scott LaFee on

Best Medicine

A physician notices Bob, an inveterate hypochondriac, sitting in his waiting room.

"Not again, Bob," says the doctor. "It's only Wednesday. You were here Monday."

Bob nods: "Couldn't come yesterday. I was sick."


"It's easier to change a man's religion than to change his diet."

--Anthropologist Margaret Mead

Medical History

This week in 1850, Gail Borden of Brooklyn, NY, received a U.S. patent for his process of baking a combination of extracts from meat with flour to produce a so-called "meat biscuit" that could be stored long-term and used by soldiers, seamen and travelers. Because it could be reconstituted with hot water as a soup, the patent title was "Preparation of Portable Soup-Bread." Six years later, Borden perfected a process to heat milk in a vacuum to produce a condensed version also capable of extended storage.


Q: Which has more bones: the hand or the foot?

A: The hand, by one bone - 27 to 26.

Last Words

"I am dying. It's a long time since I drank champagne."

--Russian physician and dramaturge Anton Chekhov (1860-1904), upon being given a glass of bubbly on his death bed


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