:: Lies February 7, 2008Posted by Minci 先生 in Medical School.
Tags: audy, dusta, house, lies, munchausen, patients
Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies.. la la la..
For those avid followers of House Md, the phrase “Patients lie” is a frequently uttered sentence throughout the series. Indeed, patients lie.
They lie about their symptoms, their relevant aspect of personal history – smoking habits, alcohol intake, sexual activities. My dear patients, please do not lie for if we don’t know the real story, we can’t help you effectively. We are not here to judge you no matter how many ah moi’s you sleep with at Bukit B******.
Feigning illnesses is a common scenario and the choice of illness is usually a stroke or a fit. Well, there may be others but these are what I’ve encountered so far in the wards. Truth be told, medical professionals can tell if you’re an expert in Bluff-ology. Usually picked up when the description of symptoms doesnt tally with the examnation findings. For that situation we have a name, Munchausen Syndrome. And like what Wikipedia mentioned, this behaviour is meant ‘ to draw attention or sympathy to themselves’.
This is of course different from the Medical Student Disease.