Q Fever! Medical Humor & Satire

January 17, 2001 | Volume 2, Issue 1

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Doctor Young Enough To Be My Son

"How old are you, Doc?," study asks

PORTLAND, OR—A double-blinded randomized prospective study has found "conclusively" that Dr. Allan Nguyen, an internist in Portland, OR, is young enough to be my son.

Dr. Allan Nguyen

Dr. Paul Westmark, the study chief, made the announcement early Monday morning, adding emphatically that "what I'd really like to know is, how old is that guy?"

The Portland medical community has long suspected that Dr. Nguyen was young enough to be my son, say observers.

"Yeah, he's a good doc," said patient Mark Heidelman, a plumber with hypertension and a borderline high cholesterol level.

"But I'll be damned if he ain't young enough to be my son!," he grinned, echoing the opinions of a majority of Nguyen's patient panel.

The year-long investigation spearheaded by Westmark showed that Dr. Nguyen was in fact young enough to be my son, with a p value of <.005 - a statistically significant finding.

If funding permits, Westmark plans a cohort study in mid-2001 to evaluate exactly how long Nguyen has been a doctor.

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