The powers that be (or, if you prefer, the Power that be’s) have a funny sense of humor. Take medical student who thinks feet are totally disgusting, and sign him right up for Podiatry clinic. Ambulatory Medicine clerkship, we are not getting off … on the right foot. (Pun intended.)
Last month, on Geriatrics, I had a diabetic patient in clinic, so I took off his socks, only to have little flakes of foot skin (eczema? xerosis?) fly up into the air and be inhaled by yours truly. From now on, I’m just asking the patients to take their own damn foot apparel off.
If it’s anything, medicine is damn humbling.