Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Dr. Samuel Gall

Inventor of the gall-bladder

Now, I'm sure you're all aware that this week is national
gall-bladder week. So as sort of an educational feature at
this point I thought I would acquaint you with some of the
results of my recent researches into the career of the late
doctor Samuel Gall, inventor of the gall-bladder. Which
certainly ranks as one of the more important technological
advances since the invention of the joy-buzzer and the
dribble-glass. Doctor Gall's faith in his invention was so
dramatically vindicated last year, as you no doubt recall,
when, for the first time in history, in a nation-wide poll
the gall-bladder was voted among the top ten organs. His
educational career began interestingly enough in agricultural
school, where he majored in animal husbandry, until they
caught him at it one day.
Whereupon he switched to the field of medicine in which field
he also won renown as the inventor of gargling. Which prior
to that time had been practiced only furtively by a remote
tribe in the Andes who passed the secret down from father to
son as part of their oral tradition. He soon became a
specialist, specializing in diseases of the rich. He was
therefore able to retire at an early age.
[Tom Lehrer, "In old Mexico"]