Bad Medicine – 12 Ridiculous Questions Doctors Have Been Asked By Patients
If you've ever felt a little silly for seeking out medical advice for something that turned out to be nothing, relax. There's always an argument for "better safe than sorry", and whatever you asked for help with, chances are it wasn't anywhere near as ridiculous as these questions.
ResilientGPs.org conducted a survey with a "large, private online discussion group composed entirely of GPs", and asked professionals about events they considered an inappropriate use of their time and skills.
The results are hilarious.
One mother-to-be asked her medical practitioner: “Is there a pill so I can have a baby boy?”
One GP was asked: “Do you have something to make my nails stronger & hair shinier before my holiday tomorrow?”
The Big Picture
“I want to find out about my son’s ying and yang.”
The Whole Tooth
“I’m worried about a white lump in my baby’s gum.” The receptionist suggested it was a tooth. The irate mother suggested only a medically qualified person should judge that diagnosis. She demanded urgent appointment. It was indeed a tooth.
There’s a Word for This…
One man in his mid-20s wanted to know why “when I drink certain types of beer I vomit and have a headache the next morning”.
All in the Mind
“My 10-year-old daughter won’t eat vegetables. Can you refer her to a hypnotherapist?”
This is Cat
“I am allergic to cats. I am getting a cat. Can I get a vaccination?”
A patient attended for a letter for her travel insurance as she wanted to cancel her holiday to Spain in December. She was worried she will catch Ebola.
One 19-year-old girl attended her doctor with the query: “My chin looks too fat in photos on Facebook – I need an operation.”
Mum’s the Word
Mum booked an appointment to ask the doctor whether she thought it was ok if an 11-year-old daughter went on a planned, overnight school trip that all the other children are going on.
Steam and Stream
“Drinking coffee makes me urinate more & it’s affecting my quality of life.” Patient drank 5-6 cups a day.
“Doctor, I cannot fart without making a noise”