Castrate me, Doc

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2004

In her letter to the editor (24 May, 2004), Myrna Gardner wrote, "... if a man impregnates over three women and isn't married to her and doesn't pay child support, he should be circumcised." This reminds me of an old joke. Harvey visited his doctor to tell him that he wanted to be castrated. His doctor tried his best to talk him out of the notion, but Harvey said, "There's no use in arguing with me, Doc. I've made up my mind, and, if you don't perform the operation, then I'll just have someone else do it." The good doctor resigned himself to Harvey's determination and decided to perform the surgery, reasoning that he would collect the fee and that Harvey would be in good hands.

The operation, with local anesthesia, went off smoothly. As Harvey was wheeled into the recovery room, he saw that his friend Jack already was there. Surprised to see him, Harvey asked, "Jack, old buddy, what are you here for?" "I've just been circumcised," replied Jack. "Damn it!" exclaimed Harvey. "That's the word I wanted!"

John B. d'Armand

Auke Bay

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