Old Doctor Carver had reached a ripe old age, but he was still practicing medicine, and what is more, he still made house calls to his patients.
One afternoon, he was called to the house of old Mr. and Mrs Tuttle.
Mrs. Tuttle was in her bedroom, where her husband had put her to bed and she was in terrible pain.
The doctor came out of the bedroom barely a minute after he had gone in and asked Mr. Tuttle, “Do you have a hammer”?
A puzzled Mr. Tuttle went to the garage, and returned with a hammer.
The doctor thanked him and went back into the bedroom.
A moment later, he came out and asked, “Do you have a chisel”?
Mr. Tuttle complied with the request, going to the garage and returning with a chisel.
In the next ten minutes, Doctor Carver asked for and received a pair of pliers, a screwdriver and a hacksaw.
The last request really had Mr. Tuttle worried as by now he was getting really concerned about the health of his wife of 50 years.
He asked the doctor, “What on earth are you doing to my wife”?
“Not a thing,” replied old Doctor Carver. “I can’t get my instrument bag open.”
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