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The effect of reading too many medical papers

A completely off topic and I hope light hearted view of reading too many medical papers.

The effect on me is summed up in the following quote from Three Men in a Boat

"I sat for awhile, frozen with horror; and then, in the listlessness of despair, I again turned over the pages. I came to typhoid fever – read the symptoms – discovered that I had typhoid fever, must have had it for months without knowing it – wondered what else I had got; turned up St. Vitus’s Dance – found, as I

expected, that I had that too, – began to get interested in my case, and determined to sift it to the bottom, and so started alphabetically – read up ague, and learnt that I was sickening for it, and that the acute stage would commence in about another fortnight. Bright’s disease, I was relieved to find, I had only in a modified form, and, so far as that was concerned, I might live for years. Cholera I had, with severe complications; and diphtheria I seemed to have been born with. I plodded conscientiously through the twenty-six letters, and the only malady I could conclude I had not got was housemaid’s knee."

PS Please ignore if you think too flippant for this forum

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One of my favourites is attributed to Mark Twain

'Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint'

Jo

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Love it and so true.x

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Spike Milligan's epitaph. "I told you I was ill" Love the quote Dave, Always good to laugh .

Bob

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I think it's best not to look at the ECG machine diagnosis - once time I had severe ischaemic something.

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Due a smile thanks for lifting the mood.

Dee

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Brilliant- and so true- ( I still wade through them all though!!)

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Hahaha! Mathis made me giggle. - KeL :)

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:-) very relevant I'd say.

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Wonderful - I laughed out loud :)

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Good to have something to make us laugh. thank you.

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Love it. Sums me up completely!

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Thanks for another giggle this morning! JanR

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No, not too flippant Davegm. Always good to get cheered up.

Another quote I've heard often, "if we didn't laugh we would cry". So lets laugh all we can.

Thanks.

Walter.

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Yeah I like that,

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Yeah I like that made me smile lol Sann

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