A Seattle chest X-ray worker noticed a seemingly familiar face in the line of persons being X-rayed.
Unsure of it, she asked the lady if she hadn’t already had an X-ray.
“Certainly, I’ve had three already,” the lady assured her. And she continued, “The first didn’t help me, but after the second one I began feeling a lot better. I have no reason to stop taking treatments, do I?”
In the early days of mass screening for tuberculosis, some people didn’t understand the difference between the examination and the treatment. This lady was one of them. Convinced that applying X-rays to her chest helped promote her health, she was in line for another one, even though she had already had three.