…The old doctor said,

“I told him he was right in thinking he was a very sick man and that he had just come in time.

I gave him some laxative pills and told him to go home and go to bed and I would call at his home at 3 O’clock.

I saw him for several days until the laxative pills worked the junk out of his bowels.Then he was ok and willingly paid my bill of $30″.

The young doctor said to the old doctor,

“There wasn’t anything the matter with that fellow except constipation.Why did he get mad at me and turn down my advice?

The old doctor said,

“You must learn that some people want to be sick.They won’t be satisfied unless you agree with them and go through a lot of motions to nurse them out of their ‘awful illness.'”