40. A Patient Dies of Good Symptoms
A wealthy man once felt upset
And told the doctor how he sweat
At night upon his mat,
The doctor, eager him to please,
Relax and take your ease,
A healthy symptom, that.
But soon he came again and said
Now he was shivvering in his
Could hardly even breathe!
The doctor smiled:
Relax, my dear,
It's a good symptom, do not fear,
Soon that distress will leave.
Next diarrhea hit the man
It's good, it shows you're eating bran,
The foolish doctor guessed.
The man expired! His family cried:
Twas' of good symptoms that he died!
The doctor did his best.
MORAL: Beware of short-sighted experts.
from the book Praying Your Story and the forthcoming book Aesop's Best: 80 Fables in Verse by William Cleary