A Radiologist's Tale

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    One day, a young 36-year-old Radiologist, just having finished his residency, is working early Sunday morning. As he's new, he's been given the worst hours at his particular hospital.

    He's walking to his office, when he feels a sudden, intense chest pain.

    He thinks to himself "I'm too young to have a heart attack, but I can't work like this!" He checks himself into the ER, and orders a series of scans.

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    The ER nurses tell him that he'll have to wait a few more hours, because nobody is on staff who can legally read his scans. Being the only radiologist currently in the hospital, he reads them himself.

    The doctor looks at his scans, says "Oh, shit!" and lies down. The nurses run to him, to see what is wrong. He is already unconscious.

    He dies less than an hour later. My pathologist comes in Monday morning, to find his friend in the morgue. He notes the irony, in that the radiologist's last diagnosis was correct: his own death.

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    What killed the otherwise healthy, young radiologist? He suffered a dissecting aneurysm, where his aorta spontaneously ruptured.

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    Morale of the story? Stress kills.
     
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    Hopefully this was not drawn from real life, eagleseven.

    But I'll bet good money many MDs test themselves; how you guys can resist becoming raging hypocondriacs escapes me.
     
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    Iatrogenesis is the nation's 4th highest killer after heart attacks, cancers, and diabetes.

    My advise for a long life?

    Eat well, sleep well, stay in shape, avoid stress, eschew cigarettes, alcohol and drugs and AVOID going to the doctors EXCEPT in extreme circumstances.

    My personal exist strategy is to drop dead while in PERFECT health thus saving myself, my family and the TAXPAYER the costs and hassels of a long dying process.

    Haven't quite worked out the details, yet, but that's the plan.
     
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    It's a true story...and yes, nearly everyone in hospitals have hypochondriac tendencies. My hospital has been trying to clamp down on self-testing, as expensive supplies keep mysteriously go missing.
     
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    The thing I have noticed in life is that sooner or later, everybody dies.
     
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    Good grief. I hope he was not a friend of yours, eagleseven. I *cuddle* you whilst you regain your health.
     
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    Nah...he was the friend of my Pathologist-Instructor. We were discussing how bloody pericardial transudates can be diagnostic for dissecting aneurysms, hence the story.

    Danke!
     
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    isnt that more a weakness in the arota...than stress....a friend of mine died at a basketball game he was coaching of this...he was dead before he hit the floor.
     

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