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The four humors weren't that funny

Laughter, they say, is the best medicine. But can laughter cure Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus? Let me put that another way …Once, when I was a young boy, there lived an alarming bit of eczema on my face. I itched, I whined, and my annoyed mother was forced to drag me to the doctor's office. Upon inspecting my grill, the pediatrician looked at my mother gravely, shook his head, and deadpanned: “I think we'll have to amputate.”Petrified, I turned to my mother. Strangely, she was smiling. I was confused for a moment, but then I understood. This man, my doctor, had just made a joke under what was surely the gravest of circumstances. He had wielded his irony and slain two unhappy people. In their...

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