Kenya: Blue Cross with Antelope Horns

The case was serious enough to warrant a specialist, so into the Nairobi headquarters of the African Physicians' Association strode Dr. Symon Thuita to handle it. As Dr. Thuita well knew, the best way to begin any examination is by taking the patient's pulse. "If the pulse leaps like a frog," he explained, "the problem is in the throat. If it jumps like a cow, it is in the gastric system, and if it is smooth as a snake, then it is in the belly."

To protect himself against infection, Dr. Thuita slipped an antelope horn into his trousers, carefully...

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