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Friday, October 21, 2005
The Latest Medical Technology
(From Gene, our correspondent in Washington Heights.)
A married couple went to the hospital to have their
baby delivered. Upon their arrival, the doctor said he had invented a
new machine that would transfer a portion of the mother's labor
pain to the baby's father. He asked if they were willing to try it out.
They were both very much in favor of it.
The doctor set the pain transfer to 10% for starters,
explaining that even 10% was probably more pain than the father
had ever experienced before. However, as the labor progressed,
the husband felt fine and asked the doctor to go ahead and kick it
up a notch.
The doctor then adjusted the machine to 20% pain
transfer. The husband was still feeling fine. The doctor checked the
husband's blood pressure and was amazed at how well he was
doing. At this point, they decided to try for 50%. The husband
continued to feel quite well. Since the pain transfer was obviously
helping out the wife considerably, the husband encouraged the doctor to
transfer ALL the pain to him.
The wife delivered a healthy baby with virtually no pain. She and
her husband were ecstatic.
When they got home, the mailman was dead on the porch.