I could relate to it for two reasons. One, I lived in New York City in 1975, and here is the other.
Early in my career, I thought it was a good idea when leaving the hospital at night to exit via the emergency department to see if there were any potential surgery cases brewing. I was hoping to avoid going all the way home, getting paged to the ED, and having to go right back to the hospital. I soon learned to stop that practice because it was similar to poking a skunk.
@msiuba reminded me of another gambit that well-meaning emergency docs play which is, "I just wanted to give you a heads up." This usually involved a patient with abdominal pain who had just arrived and either had not been seen yet or was awaiting the inevitable CT scan. Over 90% of the time these patients turned out to not have a problem requiring a surgical consultation.
@Amberitis9 offered this one: "Can you just lay hands on their belly?" Now that everyone with abdominal pain gets a CT scan, you don’t hear that questions as frequently. In fact, does anyone lays hands on the belly these days?
That segues into another recent tweet.
STEXIT = Stethoscope exit—meaning throw it away. In case you haven't heard, many say the stethoscope is useless for examining the lungs, heart, or abdomen. Now all you need is an ultrasound machine.
Will patients experience the same sort of connection with their doctors if instead of the personal touch of a warm hand, all they feel is cold gel and a probe?