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When Everything is Back-to-Front and Left is Right and Right is Left

One of my Indian wife’s uncles was an engineer (another uncle was a person who exhibited eyeshine when a light was shone into his eyes at night and the children found that quite scary). Anyway, what was so special about the first uncle is related to the time he spent working in Libya. He got sick once, suffering from chest pain, saw the doctor and got a chest x-ray. When the nurse hung the x-ray photo against a light box, the doctor got mad at her and rebuked her for pinning the negative up back to front and that as a nurse she should know better. Overhearing that, this said uncle intervened and remarked that the poor nurse had actually been right, for he had a condition known as “situs inversus. —>—>