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Medical Misstatements

The following statements were found on patients’ charts during a recent review of medical records. These statements were written by various health care professionals including (we’re afraid) a doctor or two at several major hospitals:

“The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.”

“The baby was delivered, the cord clamped and cut, and handed to the pediatrician, who breathed and cried immediately.”

“Exam of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized.”

“The skin was moist and dry.”

“The patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.”

“She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life until 1989 when she got a divorce.”

“The patient was in his usual state of good health until his airplane ran out of gas and crashed.”

“I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for physical therapy.”

“The patient lives at home with his mother, father, and pet turtle, who is presently enrolled in day care three times a week.”

“Bleeding started in the rectal area and continued all the way to Los Angeles.”

“Both breasts are equal and reactive to light and accommodation.”

“She is numb from her toes down.”

“Exam of genitalia was completely negative except for the right foot.”

“While in the emergency room, she was examined, X-rayed and sent home. The patient was to have a bowel resection. However, he took a job as stockbroker instead.”

“Coming from Detroit, this man has no children.”

“When she fainted, her eyes rolled around the room.”

“Examination reveals a well-developed male lying in bed with his family in no distress.”