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"Oh hello number 10.23 sorry you've been kept waiting. You say your memory isn't what it should be."
"Yes doctor, sorry I can't remember your name."
"Don't worry, I'll never know yours. Now your memory. Can you remember who won the Amateur FA cup final in 1937. Not to worry."
And continues to stare into the screen. Possibly some computer game.
"Well I want you to have a memory test. Probably as soon as next summer. Meanwhile I'll give you a prescription for gfryynnwosin. It may bring you out in a rash, get you up to piddle lots of time in the night, but it may help or deter you from coming back. "