Is there a doctor in the house?

Scarlet Fever was once deadly in North America and in some rare cases can lead to death or lifelong issues such as endocarditis. Makes me wonder if I should be running 25 miles a week since I had the illness when I was very young. I bring this up because it reminds me that doctors once made house calls. When I was laid low by that sickness, the family doctor visited the house, with his black bag, and administered the magic that was penicillin.

doctors bag

Those days are long gone and e-communicating with your doctor has become widespread. Not so widespread, mind you, that I am doing it, but widely available apparently.  I can imagine if my mother had had email when I was young, she would’ve written something like this in her respectful and deferential style.

Dear Dr. Laroque,

How are you doing? Well, I hope. How are the children? I heard your eldest just entered university. You must be proud.

If it is not too much trouble, would you mind considering answering a couple of questions I have about the condition in which I find my son, Peter? Here they are. Please reply when you have a moment.

1. What am I to make of his extremely high fever, red rash all over the top half of his body, and his off-color tongue?

2. Is he going to die?

With warmest regards,    …………..






About Peter Armaly
I get jazzed by automation, big data, and blockchain tech. Business, technology, and fitness are things I understand. Scotch, wine, food, and fiction are things I appreciate.

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