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Doctor Bela Schick - doing the rounds

Dr. Bela Schick was famed for his curious turns of phrase.

In the fall of 1923 Schick assumed the directorship of the Pediatric Department at the Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. From the beginning he held his grand rounds and later his conferences on Thursdays. He started promptly at 9:30 A.M. no matter how small the gathering.

One morning during the depression years in the thirties there was an overflow attendance. Schick was delighted and commented, 'There must be an epidemic of health.'

[The following week when attendance fell off, Schick remarked, 'Practice apparently is already better.']

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