"Your husband is well, I presume."
"No, he's not. He's been took pretty bad all of a sudden with bronchitis, catarrh, nervous debility, rheumatism, spasmodic twitches, erysipelas, heart failure, and several other complaints.I am going for the doctor."
"My goodness, how did he get so many diseases?"
"Out of a medical almanac he was reading."