The Minister of Health is being shown around a new hospital. Towards
the end of his visit, he is shown into a ward with a number of people
with no obvious signs of injury. He goes to greet the first patient and
the chap replies:
"O wad some Power the gift tae gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!"
The Minister, somewhat confused, goes to the next patient and greets
The patient replies:
"The rank is but the guinea’s stamp,
The man ’s the gowd for a’ that."
Then the third patient growls at him:
"Wee sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a panic's in thy breastie!"
The Minister turns to the doctor accompanying him and asks "Is this a
"No, sir" replies the doctor, "It's the Burns unit".