"18 year old comes in with mild left sided headaches. He was convinced it was cancer. He had seen Saw III and Kramer had a brain tumor (from a prior existing metastatic cancer) that needed improvised surgery. This was his stated basis for thinking he had cancer. It was actually seasonal allergies improved with Tylenol and Zyrtec."
"ER doctor here. I had a patient insist she had a fever once and when I pointed out that our thermometer did not record a fever she told me "I'm not sure they taught you this in medical school but when Asians get a fever their temperature doesn't go up."
Yup, I missed that lecture."
"My mom worked at a dermatology office. A man came in insisting that he had bugs living in his skin. He had sores everywhere that were opened and infected. He brought in little pieces of the bugs that he had been able to pull out of his skin.
Under a microscope, those "bugs" were really just hair, dust, and lint. The patient had a psychological disorder where he imagined that his skin was infested with bugs. Makes my skin crawl thinking about it."
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