The Humor of Being a Fake Patient

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Keriamon
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   Posted 7/6/2007 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   

http://www.slate.com/id/2169480

Sarita, of course I thought of you when I read this article about medical students examining their first "patient".  You've been a patient for so long, I expect you to be one of the perfectly confident doctors the very first time! 

 

Sarita
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   Posted 7/9/2007 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   

Oh man, this cracks me up - you definitely learn a lot after being a patient about what's important.  Don't worry, I won't be going around saying, "I forget which comes first, the large or small bowel...hold on, let me check!" anytime soon. 

Any volunteers to be my standardized patients?  LOL!


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Keriamon
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   Posted 7/9/2007 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
You're ahead of me; for some reason I always get the small and large bowel mixed up. I think because my poop is shaped (and sometimes curved) as if it just came out of the small bowel section, lol.

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   Posted 7/9/2007 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Come to think of it, anybody needs a life-size model with fake organs in it so you can SEE how big an organ is. There's something about looking at them in a textbook that makes you think they're much larger than they are. Of course, they also seem very large when they're hurting or are otherwise messed up. I can remember being so surprised when my mother told me that a uterus was only about the size of your first. The way I bled, I could have sworn that it was the size of a gallon jug. LOL.
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