Occam's Razor has a counterargument in medicine called "Hickam's Dictum" (by Dr. John Hickam!). Some doctors (using Occam's) look for a single, elegant cause for all of a patient's symptoms. But Hickam's Dictum says: "A man can have as many diseases as he damn well pleases." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hic…
In 2018, doctors found that a patient, Kendra Jackson, had a leaky brain for 5 years. After an accident in 2013, she had a daily runny nose for years and suffered headaches. She lost half a pint of brain fluid a day through her nose. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Researchers found that a blood test called PanSeer detected cancer in 95% of patients up to 4 years before they got a conventional cancer diagnosis. The test determines if the DNA in blood plasma was shed by tumours based on precence of particular methyl groups. theguardian.com/science/2…
Today I learned about "Daughter from California" Syndrome, in which a dying, elderly hospital patient receives a visit from a long-lost relative, who -- in shock over the patient's level of deterioration -- guiltily tries to assert themselves as caregiver, while demanding aggressive, unrealistic treatment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dau…
A study from Yale found that kids who watched 'Mr. Rogers Neighborhood' retained more information than children who watched 'Sesame Street.' They also had a higher 'tolerance of delay', meaning they were more patient mentalfloss.com/article/9…
Today I learned of β€œtooth-in-eye” surgery to restore a patient’s sight with their tooth. A tooth and surrounding bone is removed, a hole is drilled, and a plastic lens is inserted. The lens-tooth structure is implanted into the patient’s cheek, where it grows new blood vessels, then it is implanted in the eye. rnib.org.uk/nb-online/too…
Breast implants have a serial number so that they can be tracked to monitor a patient's long-term safety. drgreenwald.com/blog/know…
The WHO runs a diagnosis database that is so detailed, it has its own code (V91.07) for patients being injured because their water skis caught on fire. icd10data.com/ICD10CM/Cod…
Today I learned about Paradoxical Undressing, a rare symptom of hypothermia where the patient undresses due to vasoconstriction tricking him into thinking that he is hot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
A man in Hong Kong went to the ER complaining of abdominal pain, and upon further questioning, the patient revealed he inserted a 50-cm-long eel into his rectum to relieve his constipation. medicaldaily.com/bottoms-…
Today I learned about Elizabeth Cochrane, who, under the pseudonym of Nellie Bly, got herself admitted into an insane asylum in Blackwell's Island by feigning insanity to uncover what really goes on there and how the patients are treated. Her exposΓ© of the conditions of the patients were collected into a book digital.library.upenn.edu…
Despite what you've seen on TV countless times, you can't revive a flat-lining patient by shocking them. Defibrillation works but reorganizing the heart's electrical activity into a better rhythm, but a flat-lining patient doesn't have any electrical activity to organize. theconversation.com/monda…
Old European malaria remedies included throwing the patient head-first into a bush in the hope that they would get up quickly enough to leave the fever behind. lib.cam.ac.uk/collections…
In 1917 Malaria was used as a treatment for Syphilis. It would burn the syphilis out of the system and was known as "Pyrotherapy." While the patient then had Malaria, this was a far less lethal disease than syphilis and was considered less painful to die from. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyr…
Many of the scenes in "Elf" were filmed at an abandoned psychiatric hospital in Vancouver. In the 50's, Riverview Hospital was home to more than 4,000 patients. The X Files, Supernatural, Saw, Deadpool 2 and many others have filmed scenes on the site. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riv…
Today I learned about Deep Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest (DHCA), wherein patients are deliberately put into hypothermia as low as 20C (68F) thereby stopping all heart and brain function in order to increase survival time on reduced oxygen, while making delicate surgeries easier. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dee…
Some neurosurgery patients stay awake during surgery, because the brain doesn't feel pain. hopkinsmedicine.org/neuro…
Today I learned of the "God Committee," a group of 7 American citizens chosen in 1961 to decide which patients needing dialysis received it. A lawyer, minister, banker, housewife, state official, labor leader, and surgeon had to chose who in their community would live as dialysis machines had just been invented healthaffairs.org/do/10.1…
Today I learned about the high levels of PTSD in low-income, urban neighborhoods in the United States. A sample of 1900 patients in Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital found that 87.8% of the sample suffered at least one-lifetime traumatic event, and the lifetime prevalence of PTSD was 46.2%. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned about the Heart Attack Grill, a hospital-themed restaurant in Tempe AZ, where "patients" over 350 pounds eat for free and the waitstaff are dressed as sexy nurses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
Today I learned about Split-Brain-Patients, who have their brain hemispheres disconnected. While those "do not show any significant difference in function" from healthy persons, you can prove with specific experiments that there are two brains working independently without recognizing each other embryo.asu.edu/pages/roge…
The "Starvation Doctor," Linda Burfield Hazzard, who wrote a book, "Fasting for the Cure of Disease," was convicted of manslaughter in 1912 for a patient's death by starvation. At least 15 deaths are attributed to her "care." While doing a fasting cure on herself in 1938 she died of starvation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
Nose jobs were performed in ancient India. The earliest example was in 6th century B.C. where a piece of the patient's cheek was used to fashion a new nose. Nose jobs didn't become normal in the west until syphilis came about as advanced syphilis leaves a hole in the sufferer's face/nose. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Psychiatrist Avicenna had a malnourished patient who believed he was a cow ready to be slaughtered. Avicenna, impersonating a butcher, came to kill him but said the cow was too lean and had to eat more. The patient ate more food which restored his health and cured the delusion. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Between the 1930s and 1940s penicillin was so precious that it was re-extracted from the urine of patients to conserve every last bit of it smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned of the "Nocebo Effect." It's the opposite of the placebo effect. A harmless substance can cause patients to feel worse due to their negative expectations about it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noc…
Vitamin C supplementation can decrease the length of hospital stay in post-cardiac surgery patients. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned about Paul Shuen, one of Canada's most respected obstetricians and gynecologists for 30 years. His license to practise in Ontario was revoked after it was discovered that, since deliveries paid more on weekends, he was drugging his patients without their knowledge to induce labor on Saturday. torontolife.com/city/gree…
Today I learned that brain surgeons sometimes check their work by testing the patient's brain function while they are sl on the operating table. In February 2020 a patient was asked to play the violin while the surgeon cut away at her brain tumor. cnn.com/2020/02/19/world/…
Today I learned about Duncan MacDougall, a physician who conducted an experiment and weighed patients before and after their deaths. He saw that after death patients were 21g lighter and called this the β€œweight of the soul”. discovermagazine.com/mind…
Dr Alzheimer did not coin the name Alzheimers Disease it was his boss, Emil Kraepelin after his death. The first patient Dr Alzheimer studied that triggered the research didn't have Alzheimers Disease, but instead presenile dementia. thebrain.mcgill.ca/flash/…
Today I learned of Dr. Robert Liston, the "fastest knife in the West End.", who could amputate a leg in 2,5 minutes. He was a highly sought after surgeon, but also a show off, which led to some mishaps: he once accidentaly cut a patient's testicles off while trying to amputate his leg theatlantic.com/health/ar…
A doctor fooled a DNA test by implanting a tube in his arm with a former patient's blood in it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
There were TWO pandemics running together during WW1. ”Encephalitis Lethargica” affected 5M and killed over 1,5M. The patients were conscious – yet not fully awake; they would sit motionless, totally lacking initiative, affect or desire; they registered the inputs with profound indifference en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enc…
Only 41 of 193 fake patients sent to a mental hospital were picked up in an experiment. The only problem? None had been sent in (Rosenhan Experiment) wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosenh…
President Theodore Roosevelt was such a loud snorer that during his hospital stays he had a whole floor to himself so the other patients could sleep restonic.com/blog/preside…
Adam Sandler's movie "50 First Dates" inspired a real therapy program in which patients with early dementia watch every morning a video message of support from their loved ones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50_…
In 2016 the Norwegian Airforce transported a ECMO machine needed by a critically ill patient by fighter jet theaviationgeekclub.com/t…
Frederick Law Olmstead, the landscape architect that designed Central Park in New York City, spent the last five years of his life in McLean hospital, a psychiatric hospital outside of Boston. He died there in 1903. Another famous patient was Ray Charles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Today I learned scientists have been able to track the history of the AIDS virus. Through research they believe 'patient zero' lived Cameroon in Africa, and contracted the disease around 1908, after hunting a chimp and being infected with SIV (Simian Immunodeficiency Virus) wnycstudios.org/podcasts/…
The first true and complete remote surgery was conducted on 7 September 2001 across the Atlantic Ocean, with the surgeon in New York City operating on a 68-year-old female patient 6,230 km away in Strasbourg, France. It was named Operation Lindbergh. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
The first bendy straws were used in hospitals to help bed-ridden patients drink smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
A county in Oregon advertised that it was hiring Klingon translators for its mental health program, in case patients came into a psychiatric hospital speaking nothing but Klingon. They later clarified that this wasn't a situation they had faced, and only a precaution for a hypothetical case en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kli…
Music therapy can help subside the effects of dementia in patients. Music can also be found to improve cognition. practicalneurology.com/ar…
Neurologist Egas Moniz, who won a nobel prize for the invention of the surgical procedure leucotomy (frontal lobotomy) and is regarded as one of the founders of modern psychosurgery, was shot and rendered paraplegic by a patient. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
:Elderly patients 23% more likely to die if surgery is on the surgeon’s birthday psychnewsdaily.com/elderl…
There are trained hospital clowns you can hire since the 1970s, after several studies on the benefits of clown care in lifting patient's moods, boosting the immune system, reducing anxiety, and the healing power of laughter reducing endorphins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clo…
Cancer patients who opt for alternative therapy die at twice the rate of those who stick with conventional cancer therapy. jamanetwork.com/journals/…
Today I learned of patient AB - "the first and only instance in which hallucinatory voices sought to reassure the patient, offered her a specific diagnosis, directed her to the hospital, expressed pleasure that she was well again, bid her farewell, and thereafter disappeared." researchgate.net/publicat…

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