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MEDICAL FICTION.

For those who haven't seen it, I've started a fiction blog here.

Kindly visit it and tell me what you feel.

NO ONE TOLD ME I WOULD BE DOING THESE THINGS AS A DOCTOR...

I once thought that being a doctor was all about prescribing drugs for sick people- how wrong I was.When I started practicing, I had to learn the other functions of a doctor not taught in medical school, these include:-

1. MARRIAGE COUNSELLOR. I've been asked one too many times to play a mediatory role between a husband and a wife: e.g this story where the husband was not faithful; and this story where the wife doubted the husband's fertility.

2. TELEPHONE OPERATOR. We learn the art of making and receiving phone calls at the oddest of hours , and how to politely turn that patient down who calls you for a drug to treat that swelling he has that you can't see.

3. CAREER COUNSELLOR. Everyone wants to know what it is like to be a doctor, and should they continue on that path or take another route?

4. PUBLIC SPEAKER. The inevitable world of presentations: From presenting patient cases to your superiors, to presenting mortality figures to the whole hospital, to talking about Dia…

HOW COME DOCTORS KNOW EVERYTHING?

Have you ever wondered how a doctor seems to have a prescription for everything?

You have a headache- Bam! Take this!

You have a fever- Bam! Take two tablets of this.

Your urine looks funny- Bam! This should clear you up.

Amazing right? So what is the secret to this superhuman ability?

1. COMMON THINGS OCCUR COMMONLY.You might think your case is unique, but a doctor who has practiced for a short time has probably seen hundreds of such cases; just like driving a car, treating that case has become a part of the doctor, he can treat it while asleep.

2. THE POWER OF DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS.Several illnesses present the same way, and it could be one of a group of possibilities. Whichever the doctor thinks it is, he may follow that line of management.

3. WELL, YOU NEED TO DO SOME TESTS.This is a sure get out clause, giving the doctor time to consult his notes; who wouldn't agree to some tests to help get at the root of a problem?

4. HEY FRED, COME AND TAKE A LOOK AT THIS.The power of a seco…