Doctors might be able to learn something from two New York car mechanics
- By: Joanna E Perthen
Car Talk is a US radio show hosted by two brothers from New York; Tom and Ray are mechanics who have run a garage for decades, and every week they take calls from the public and offer wisdom and advice about cars and car repair. The show appeals as much to those who know nothing about cars (like me) as it does to the experts; it has been running since 1977 and currently has a weekly audience of more than four million listeners, which testifies to the charm, wit, and enthusiasm of the hosts.
Every time I listen to Car Talk I am struck by the similarities between car mechanics and doctors (bear with me). Like the human body, cars are complex structures with a multitude of moving parts that can go wrong in a seemingly infinite number of ways. The signs and symptoms of an ailment often bewilder the