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This Won’t Hurt



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A reader writes in response to the Reminiscence of the Year in my December Diary:

Mr Derbyshire,

Regarding your “just a little prick” comment:

I am an anesthesiologist. One of the anesthetists I work with, just before placing a spinal needle in a patient’s back, always says to the patient, “You’ll feel a little prick with a needle; it’s just me.” Cracks them up every time.

To lower the tone of The Corner even further, another reader tells me that the correct response to a nurse’s saying “Just a little prick” is: “Yeah, but I have a nice smile.”



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