'Tis the season to be jolly--and laughter is always good medicine. Click through our picks for the best medical humor from 2016.
A good laugh heals a lot of hurts.-Madeleine L’Engle
Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.-Lord Byron
10. Off the Charts: Absurd Autocorrects:
Exam of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized.The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.
9. Doctors operate on their own terms:
Idioms particular to the medical profession: Botulism: a tendency to make mistakes Intestine: currently taking an exam.
8. Patients’ Takes on Modern Medicine:
“Today 4 out of 5 doctors recommend another doctor.” “We used to take life with a grain of salt. Now it’s with 5 mg of Valium.”
7. It Must Be Right, It’s in the Chart:
Surgery will be performed under General Anastasia. Patient came in today complaining of chronic vaginal affection. Rectal exam reveals normal-size thyroid.
6. Art of Medicine Redefined:
Fibrillate: to tell lies. Alimentary: what Holmes said to Watson. Hallucinoma: a mass seen on a scan or x-ray that wasn't really there.
5. Knock, knock. Who’s there? Telling signs on office doors:
Maternity: “Push. Push. Push.” Endoscopy: “To expedite your visit, please back in.”
4. Out-takes from actual chart notes:
Patient’s past medical history has been remarkably insignificant with only a 40-lb weight gain in the past 3 days.
3. 5 Signs an HMO is Cutting Costs:
1. Pedal-powered dialysis machines. 2. Use of antibiotics deemed an “unauthorized experimental procedure.” 3. Exam room has a tip jar.
2. Did I Really Say That? More bloopers/blunders from charts:
By the time he was admitted, his rapid heart had stopped, and he was feeling much better. Patient has chest pains if she lies on her left side for over a year.
Ho, ho, ho! Laughter has been long known for its therapeutic perks, for physicians as well as their patients. In that spirit, Patient Care has presented a series of “laughter is the best medicine” slide shows with compilations of bloopers, quips, and other medical wit (and some wisdom) culled from around the Web.‘Tis the season to be jolly â and so with wink and a nod to David Letterman, we offer our Laughter is the Best Medicine "best ofs" in this Top 10 selection of slides from 2016.Scroll through for a few holiday laughs; see links below for the original slide shows.Â SOURCES9 Doses of Laughter, the Best Medicinehttp://www.patientcareonline.com/articles/9-doses-laughter-best-medicine10 PRN Doses of Medicinal Humorhttp://www.patientcareonline.com/articles/10-prn-doses-medicinal-humorHumor Is More Than a Bodily Fluidhttp://www.patientcareonline.com/articles/humor-more-bodily-fluid