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WITandWISDOM(tm) - August 10, 2000
"We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same." - Anne Frank
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~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
The little child whispered,
"God, speak to me"
And a meadowlark sang.
But the child did not hear.
So the child yelled,
"God, speak to me!"
And the thunder rolled across the sky
But the child did not listen.
The child looked around and said,
"God let me see you"
And a star shone brightly
But the child did not notice.
And the child shouted,
"God show me a miracle!"
And a life was born
But the child did not know.
So the child cried out in despair,
"Touch me God, and let me know you are here!"
Whereupon God reached down
touched the child.
But the child brushed the butterfly away
And walked away unknowingly.
- Author Unknown
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Submitted by: Leo Berg, Walt Groff
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
HOW IS THAT?
If you take an Oriental person and spin him around several times, does he become disoriented?
If people from Poland are called "Poles," why aren't people from Holland called"Holes?
If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?
Why do women wear evening gowns to nightclubs? Shouldn't they be wearing night gowns?
When someone asks you, "A penny for your thoughts," and you put your two cents in, what happens to the other penny?
Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker? Ummm
Why do croutons come in airtight packages? It's just stale bread to begin with.
When cheese gets it's picture taken, what does it say?
If horrific means to make horrible, does terrific mean to make terrible?
Submitted by Dave & Darla Parker
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A school teacher injured his back and had to wear a plaster cast around the upper part of his body. It fit under his shirt and was not noticeable at all. On the first day of the term, still with the cast under his shirt, he found himself assigned to the toughest students in school. Walking confidently into the rowdy classroom, he opened the window as wide as possible and then busied himself with desk work. When a strong breeze made his tie flap, he took the desk stapler and stapled the tie to his chest.
He had no trouble with discipline that term.
Source: Jo Jokers, firstname.lastname@example.org via http://www.witandwisdom.org
PRACTICE MAKES (MORE) PERFECT
By Paul Raeburn
Women with breast cancer are much better off when they are seen at hospitals that do brisk business in such treatment. Patients at hospitals treating fewer than 25 breast cancer patients per year had a 20% lower survival rate after five years than patients at hospitals handling larger numbers of breast-cancer patients, researchers said.
Dr. Monica Morrow, an oncologist at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, analyzed data from 1,304 institutions on 175,879 women with breast cancer. She found that 509 of the hospitals, or about 39%, treated fewer than 25 breast-cancer patients a year, while 12% treated more than 100 patients a year. Patients at the high-volume hospitals were clearly doing better.
"What the study does not say is that physicians in large hospitals are better than physicians in small hospitals," Morrow said. The difference, she believes, is in the entire "system of care" at bigger hospitals: Better mammography may catch tumors earlier, the pathologists' analysis of tumors might be more thorough, and care is more likely to be provided by a team representing multiple specialties. The study follows earlier reports that busy hospitals have better outcomes with high-risk cancer surgery and chemotherapy.
Next, Morrow hopes to determine exactly which of these factors account for the survival differences. Mean-while, she says, the 20% differential is important enough that patients at low-volume hospitals should seek a second opinion at a busier hospital.
Source: Business Week, Copyright (c) June 5, 2000, pg 77. via http://www.witandwisdom.org