Wednesday, 5 November 2008

The syndrome of the medical student

medical studens strike First clear from your head the idea that a syndrome is a disease characterized by severe deformities and mental retardations and bla bla .. of course there are syndromes as I described but for the most part they are other than that .. So:
A syndrome is a set of clinical signs and symptoms that a patient is likely to present at certain diseases.

Let explain more The syndrome of the medical student of which sometimes I have suffered ;-)
The syndrome of the medical student refers to the tendency of medical students
to self-diagnose in an irrational way the most serious diseases. It is more
a meeting of circumstances than a true pathology.

The syndrome is caused by several factors:

  • Learning semiology preceding pathology: Students know the signs of major diseases and syndromes, without sufficient experience of how really this pathology can affect the body.
  • Stress associated with emotionally difficult situations and possibly fear of contagion in the workplace.

The syndrome of the medical student should be distinguished from:

  • Hypochondria, which is a psychiatric illness making the hypochondriac persuaded to be suffering from sickness, delirious, or morbid fear of catching a disease;
  • Self-medication;
  • Self-diagnosis, although it is difficult.
Hypocondria The syndrome of the medical student declines as the student get far in its medical curriculum for several reasons: the acquisition of knowledge about the disease;
  • Relativization with patients seen at the hospital;
  • The psychological resistance;
  • Confrontation with reality: he has not got the diseases! (eg other supposed symptoms are absent).
Note that the syndrome of the medical student can be expressed in a negative form: irrational denial of a real disease, because students can not gather all the signs of this disease.

1 comments:

Piedr@ said...

Mehdi,
I dont understand why i have to click on hyperlinks to read ur article futher? Its irritating you know? Can you publish the whole article without asking the readers to click on to read futher.
Thanks.

 

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