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"Cholera," the doctor said. "That's the thing to guard against in India. It's endemic. However, your vaccination certificate is good for six months, beginning six days after the second injec—"
"We thought we'd stop over in Hong Kong and pick up some handmade suits," my wife said. "I suppose, doctor, the name arouses a host of memories."
"I remember there was a lot of louse-borne typhus around," the doctor said. "But you've nothing to worry about if you take your shots. Two inoculations spaced seven to 10 days apart will—"
"For some reason, Australia has always intrigued me," I said. "Maybe it's the vast uncharted bush, the aborigines with their age-old customs."
"You can say that!" the doctor shuddered. "They hardly know what a thermometer is, and as for bathing!" The doctor looked at his watch. "Excuse me, folks, I've a patient to see. Charmed to meet you both."
"It's been marvelous hearing about your trip, doctor," my wife said.
"We've enjoyed every minute of it," I said.
"Instead of spending our money on a round-the-world trip," my wife said, "maybe we'd better both get a complete physical. We could just about pay for two weeks at the Mayo brothers'."
"A good idea," I said. "And the sooner the better."