2 Drops Every 4 Hours
My family physician told me of an incident that actually happened to him back
in the early days of his practice.
He said a woman brought her baby to see him, and he determined right away
that the baby had an earache. He wrote a prescription for ear drops. In the
directions he wrote, "Put two drops in right ear every four hours" and he
abbreviated "right" as an R with a circle around it.
Several days passed, and the woman returned with her baby, complaining that
the baby still had an earache, and his little behind was getting really
greasy with all those drops of oil.
The doctor looked at the bottle of ear drops and sure enough, the pharmacist
had typed the following instructions on the label:
"Put two drops in R ear every four hours."