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January 18, 2011

Mystery Diagnosis

One of my favorite TV shows is Mystery Diagnosis. They examine cases of people who develop illnesses or conditions and the journey they go through for a proper diagnosis. Many times these people see several doctors and undergo several diagnoses, before finally being given a proper diagnosis. This process can take years.

In one case, I actually was able to guess what the patient's problem was early in the show! An endocrine condition known as Addison's Disease.

The only thing that bothers me about this show is that in every episode they say, "So-and-so cannot understand why it took doctors so long to figure out a diagnosis." This just annoys me -- which, of course, tickles David. These patients' conditions are often rare. Early symptoms of thousands of illnesses begin with malaise. Doctors really are doing the best they can. Maybe it's because I'm part of the medical establishment now (the man!). Or maybe it's because I recognize how difficult it is to know exactly what is going on with each patient and how their unique make-up will manifest illness.

I still enjoy the show despite the expectation that doctors are superhuman. If this is the case, I blame media for building up this expectation. I see regularly how media depicts massage therapy and continually perpetuates misleading information about the massage industry. So, before I get on my soap-box, check this show out.

Posted by linda at January 18, 2011 9:12 AM

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