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Tue., March 25, 2014, 12:15 p.m.

An amateur diagnosis

When you are in a doctor's waiting room, do you ever speculate about what prompted others seated there to schedule appointments?

If you are waiting to see a general internist, that silent guessing game can be mildly diverting.

"Thinks he has pneumonia."

"Back spasm."

"Yeast infection."

Of course, when you are waiting to see a specialist, speculation takes on a narrowed ranged of possibilities.

I was at the offices of a leg-vein specialty group yesterday afternoon. And I could not resist looking at the legs of those coming and going and others waiting. (Lots of people were wearing shorts yesterday.)

I hope I was subtle.

I realized that some of those I was scoping out probably weren't even patients. But I could not resist checking out these strangers' legs.

And if anyone in the waiting room was checking me out (even though I had on long pants), that's OK. It comes with the territory.

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