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Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. July 2003, Volume 5, Number 7.

Medical Humanities

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

A spoof on the Twelve Days of Christmas about the various gifts to physicians from industry.

Audiey C. Kao, MD, PhD

On the first day of Christmas, my drug rep gave to me a partridge in a pear tree.

On the second day of Christmas, my drug rep gave to me, 2 ballpoint pens and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the third day of Christmas, my drug rep gave to me, 3 handy penlights, 2 ballpoint pens, and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my drug rep gave to me, a 4-volume textbook, 3 handy penlights, 2 ballpoint pens, and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my drug rep gave to me, a 5-lb ham, a 4-volume textbook, 3 handy penlights, 2 ballpoint pens, and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my drug rep gave to me, 6 baseball tickets, a 5-lb ham, a 4-volume textbook, 3 handy penlights, 2 ballpoint pens, and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas, my drug rep gave to me, a 7-course meal, 6 baseball tickets, a 5-lb ham, a 4-volume textbook, 3 handy penlights, 2 ballpoint pens, and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas, my drug rep gave to me, 8 gift certificates, a 7-course meal, 6 baseball tickets, a 5-lb ham, a 4-volume textbook, 3 handy penlights, 2 ballpoint pens, and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas, my drug rep gave to me, 9 holes of golf, 8 gift certificates, a 7-course meal, 6 baseball tickets, a 5-lb ham, a 4-volume textbook, 3 handy penlights, 2 ballpoint pens, and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas, my drug rep gave to me, 10 movie tickets, 9 holes of golf, 8 gift certificates, a 7-course meal, 6 baseball tickets, a 5-lb ham, a 4-volume textbook, 3 handy penlights, 2 ballpoint pens, and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my drug rep gave to me, 11 oz of caviar, 10 movie tickets, 9 holes of golf, 8 gift certificates, a 7-course meal, 6 baseball tickets, a 5-lb ham, a 4-volume textbook, 3 handy penlights, 2 ballpoint pens, and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my drug rep gave to me, 12 long-stemmed roses, 11 oz of caviar, 10 movie tickets, 9 holes of golf, 8 gift certificates, a 7-course meal, 6 baseball tickets, a 5-lb ham, a 4-volume textbook, 3 handy penlights, 2 ballpoint pens, and a partridge in a pear tree.

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