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Humour in Medicine
Humour (also known as humor) is a great therapy for staff who work in the medical field. If you have a favourite anecdote or two why not share them.
Quotes From Actual Medical Records
Humour In Court
Quotes From Actual Medical Records
• "By the time he was admitted, his rapid heartbeat had stopped, and he was feeling better"
• "Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year"
• "The patient states there is a burning pain in his penis which goes to his feet"
• "On the second day the knee was better and on the third day it had completely disappeared"
• "She has had no rigours or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night"
• "The patient has been depressed ever since she began seeing me in 1983"
• " I will be happy to go into her GI system; she seems ready and anxious"
• " Patient was released to outpatient department without dressing"
• "I have suggested that he loosen his pants before standing, and then, when he stands with the help of his wife, they should fall to the floor"
• "The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears depressed"
• "Discharge status: Alive but without permission"
• "The patient will need disposition, and therefore we will get Dr Blank to dispose of him"
• "The patient has no past history of suicides"
• "Healthy appearing decrepit 69 year old female, mentally alert but forgetful"
• "She slipped on the ice and apparently her legs went in separate directions in early December"
• "The patient expired on the floor uneventfully"
• "Patient has left his white blood cells at another hospital"
• "Patient was becoming more demented with urinary frequency"
• "The patient’s past medical history has been remarkably insignificant with only a 40 pound weight gain in the past three days"
• "The patient experienced sudden onset of severe shortness of breath with a picture of acute pulmonary oedema at home while having sex which gradually deteriorated in the waiting room"
• "The patient refused an autopsy"
• "The patient left the hospital feeling much better except for her original complaints"Source: unknown
Humour In Court
These are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts, and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters who had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place.
ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS: He said, 'Where am I, Cathy?'
ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
WITNESS: My name is Susan!
ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active?
WITNESS: No, I just lie there.
ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget.
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?
ATTORNEY: Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in voodoo?
WITNESS: We both do.
WITNESS: We do.
ATTORNEY: You do?
WITNESS: Yes, voodoo.
ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?
ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the twenty-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He's twenty, much like your IQ.
ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS: Are you shitting me?
ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS: Having SEX!
ATTORNEY: She had three children, right?
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?
ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death.
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Take a guess?
ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard.
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town, I'm going with male.
ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.
ATTORNEY: Doctor, how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.
ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.
ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that question?
And the best for last:
ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.
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