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A doctor had recommended surgery to Eleanor Schmidt of Bakesfield, CA and referred her to a specialist. Arriving early for her appointment, she found the door unlocked and the young surgeon, deeply engrossed in reading, behind the receptionist’s desk. When he didn’t hear her come in, she cleared her throat. Startled, he closed the book, which she recognized as a Bible. She asked, "Does reading the Bible help you before or after an operation?" He dispelled her fears by his soft-voiced, one-word answer: "During." (as reported in Reader’s Digest).

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