My favourite medical slips of the tongue and obfuscations

Mistakes in using medical terminology are a source of much merriment in general practice.

I was recently entertained by a patient who was providing his family’s medical history.  

One of the diseases mentioned was “Promiscuous anaemia.” Obviously, it was from a swinging branch of the family tree.

I was referring another patient to a haematologist for review of a paraproteinaemia. I asked my patient what he understood about his condition and the role of the specialist that he had already consulted. 

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