Hospitals are overburdening doctors with high workloads, resulting in increasing physician burnout and suicide. A new study finds that burned-out physicians are 2x as likely to cause patient safety incidents and deliver sub-optimal care, and 3x as likely to receive low satisfaction ratings.
TIL of Syndrome K: a fake disease that Italian doctors made up to save Jews who had fled to their hospital seeking protection from the Nazis. Syndrome K "patients" were quarantined and the Nazis were told that it was a deadly, disfiguring, and highly contagious illness. They saved at least 20 lives.
TIL of a researcher who was trying to develop eye-protection goggles for doctors doing laser eye surgery. He let his friend borrow them while playing frisbee, and his friend informed him that they cured his colorblindness.
TIL: There is a species of jellyfish whose sting inflicts the victim with an impending sense of doom. The sensatation of constant imminent dread is reportedly so severe, patients beg their doctors to kill them to end it.
TIL there is only one person registered as a "Rectal Teaching Assistant" in the UK, traveling the country offering his anus to be examined by trainee doctors. He has since lost his job to a robot anus.
TIL Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell donated their wages for 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus' to Heath Ledger's daughter after he passed away during filming and they filled his role.
TIL that Josef Stalin was highly suspicious of doctors and had many Kremlin doctors arrested and tortured. So few doctors were available that after Stalin suffered a stroke, one imprisoned doctor claimed he was mid-interrogation when his captors suddenly started asking for medical advice instead.
TIL about Eduard Bloch, Hitler's childhood doctor, and a Jew. When Hitler's mother couldn't afford cancer treatment, Bloch reduced his prices. Teenage Adolf declared undying gratitude, and when Austria was annexed, Hitler kept his word and granted the doctor special protection by the Gestapo.
Cuba has announced it will withdraw thousands of its doctors from Brazil after the South American nation’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro questioned their training and demanded changes to their contracts.
My mom's defibrillator malfunctioned and shocked her 40+ times at 600V. The doctor's all denied responsibility for the cause. It put my parents hundreds of thousands of dollars into medical debt.
TIL that DeForest Kelley actually wanted to become a doctor, but could not afford medical school. He regularly received letters from fans who went into medicine because of Dr. McCoy and said "to influence the youth of the country ... is an award that is not handed out by the industry"
Tyron Woodley tells @arielhelwani that he's agreed to fight anyone, but wants to make sure his hand is feeling good before he competes. He hasn't turned down competing at #UFC233 and is aware it needs a main event, but wants to be cleared by his doctor and make sure he's 100%.
TIL Ernest Thompson Seton, one of the founding pioneers of the Boy Scouts of America, was presented with an invoice for all the expenses connected with his childhood, by his father, including the fee charged by the doctor who delivered him. He paid the bill, but never spoke to his father again.
Last night a man walked into a yoga class to kill women, shot 6, killed 2: a college student and a 61 year old doctor. He was: White, right wing, incel, misogynist, and radicalized by right wing social media online, like YouTube, and no doubt reddit as well.
TIL Richard Norris Williams survived Titanic sinking, but spent too much time in freezing water and rescue doctor recommended amputation of both his legs. He refused and proceeded to win his first tennis tournament a few months later and became Wimbledon doubles champion in 1920.
Miscarrying at Work: The Physical Toll of Pregnancy Discrimination. Women in strenuous jobs lost their pregnancies after employers denied their requests for light duty, even ignoring doctors’ notes, an investigation by The New York Times has found.