Top Ten Mistakes Found in Doctor's Notes

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We can only hope that the below errors, found in doctor’s reports, are the result of doctors’ infamously bad handwriting suffering from a case of ‘getting lost in translation.’ Whether or not that’s the correct diagnosis, these mistakes are so funny that they might just have you aching for more amusement.

10.  Healthy appearing, decrepit 69 year old male, mentally alert but forgetful.
9.  Occasional, constant, infrequent headaches.
8.  The patient has been depressed ever since she began seeing me in 1983.
7.  Patient has left his white blood cells at another hospital.
6.  Discharge status: Alive but without permission.
5.  I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for physical therapy.
4.  Patient was seen in consultation by Dr. (Blank), who felt we should sit on the abdomen and I agree.
3.  The patient lives at home with his mother, father, and pet turtle, who is presently enrolled in day care three times a week.
2.  The patient refused an autopsy.
1.  On the second day the knee was better and on the third day it had completely disappeared.


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    Cherilyn 10/12/2009 at 12:11 pm #

    Too funny!

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    Rachel 10/12/2009 at 3:45 pm #

    that. is hilarious.

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    barbara 10/13/2009 at 1:30 pm #

    I loved this one Hannah — you always find something funny to say in an elegant way!!

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