Wayfaring MD

I am a family medicine resident who likes to highlight the hilarious in medicine as I write about patients, medical school, residency, medical missions, and whatever else strikes my fancy.



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The following story submitted from a resident friend (paraphrased):

The Background: LIttle Johnny was born with extreme hydrocephalus and has very little brain tissue left. He is in a persistent vegetative state. 

Resident: Little Johnny’s mom says he isn’t sleeping much.

Attending: Well give him some melatonin. 

Resident: Okay… (thinks it over for a second). So just to clarify, you want me to give the kid a medicine that works on his brain…

Attending: … … …

Resident: …even though he doesn’t have a brain…

Attending: well, it’s worth a try. 

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