An 84-year-old retired stockbroker was admitted to our hospital's intensive-care unit,suffering from a peptic ulcer and shock from internal hemorrhage. As intravenous lines were started and fluid infused, his vital signs improved rapidly.
The nurses dramatically announced the blood-pressure readings, starting at the shock level
of 60 and increasing to '70...80...90'
There was no doubt about the patient's successful recovery when in the midst of their intonations, he suddenly yelled, When it gets to 110---SELL.'