Joe McCabe

SETTING: In an operating room are a surgeon and his assistant. A patient lies on an operating table.

NURSE: Stop, Doctor! You're cutting the wrong leg. Look at the chart.

DOCTOR: Never yell at me while I'm operating! It disturbs my concentration. Can't you tell the right leg from the left leg?

NURSE: Yes, and I can tell the right leg from the wrong leg.

DOCTOR: For God's sake, Nurse! Peoples' legs are left and right; not right and wrong.

NURSE: You're cutting his right leg Doctor. The chart says you're supposed to remove his left leg.

DOCTOR: Don't you realize, Nurse, that, if I removed his left leg, then his right leg would be left?


"The Amputation" first appeared in CONFLUENCE 2003.