Archives for June 9, 2003

Patient’s don’t ‘Say Ahhhh’; TV to blame

I have found, over the past several years, that patients (in general) don’t know how to say “aaaah” during the ENT exam.

It goes like this:

me: Open your mouth widely and say ‘aahhhhh’
pt: opens mouth widely, makes no noise whatever
me: say ‘aahhhh’
pt: nothing
me: (bumping stretcher) say ‘aahhhhh’
pt: ‘aahhhh’

I don’t know when we stopped teaching how to say aahh. I learned in the doctors’ office from about 2jillion cases of tonsillitis, but I have an idea who’s to blame: TV.

Old doctor show: Marcus Welby, MD; you got a friendly exam by a nice grey-haired doc, and at some point ‘aaah’ came in.

Today’s doctor show: Intubation, central lines, chest tubes, cracked chests or crack babies. No aaah.

OK, that’s a little simplistic, but I’m a simplistic guy.

My Favorite Gen. Franks Quote

General Tommy Franks, recently interviewed in his hometown:

“And it’s going to be great for some kids down the road to pick up a book here in Midland and read how a President and a General that were whippin’ butt in a couple of wars were both from the same town, as was the First Lady.”

That town? Midland, Texas.

via MyWestTexas