Before paging systems…

Given that my electronic leash is always with me and that ubiquitous pagers and cell phones make doctors reachable 24 hours a day, it’s amazing to contemplate a time when a PA system at a hospital was considered new and high tech:

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I especially like the part touting the volume control, as if that were some technological wonder that one wouldn’t expect on a P.A. system!

Personally, when I see such a system, I can’t help but think of the Three Stooges in Men In Black. Of course, when it comes to any paging system, be it a PA system or a pager, there are times when I feel like doing exactly what the Three Stooges did at the end of the short to the PA system that kept repeating, “Calling Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard!”

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