My first job after graduating college was in the Admissions Office of a large hospital.
Talk about busy?
We were always busy.
Part of that busy-ness included keeping records on every patient that was admitted and discharged from the facility.
As you might imagine, there were a number of different routes and/or reasons that a patient might enter the hospital…
And there were a number of different routes and/or reason that they could leave…
Now comes “The Black Book.”
You see, in general, most people, upon discharge, would either go home or be transferred to a different level of care–sometimes higher, sometimes lower.
They took what was often called a “celestial discharge.”
Need I say more?
Uh…I think you get my meaning.
Anyway, whenever a person passed away, the nurse from the floor where they had been would call a central office and report all of the relative vital…
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