THIS AND THAT: Just add another ist to my medical list

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There was a time when I went to the doctor only when I felt ill or for an annual physical.Since I was fairly healthy, the visits for illness were once a year or perhaps every other year. That was as close as I came to meeting people in the medical profession.Oh, there were also social occasions when doctors and their wives were present. Some people I knew from high school went into medicine and we would meet occasionally. But by and large, the people and their medical practices kept in their place, I stayed in mine.How things have changed. While writing this I was reminded of a 1981 Hall and Oates hit, “Kiss on my List” whose refrain includes the repetition, “your kiss is on my list … .” My life has changed so that the lyrics as I sing them would be, “another ist is on my list … .”What is an ist? Those are the last three letters of the special physicians who are now an ever-growing part of my life.Of course, I went to the dentist regularly. That was my first ist and the twice-yearly visits to protect my teeth. And an optometrist was my second ist …

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