We all know variations of the joke ‘How many lawyers/accountants etc does it take to change a light bulb?’ Well, here’s a real life example from the world of medicine. It concerns a little boy whose neck problems began when he swallowed a fish bone.
The little chap’s medical odyssey lasted two years and involved: one emergency room doctor, two pediatricians, five otolaryngologists, two allergists, one family doctor, one physician’s assistant, one ophthalmologist, one pediatric oncologist, one pediatric gastroenterologist, one pediatric neurologist, one chiropractor, one osteopath, and one physical therapist (that’s 19 medical practitioners in all). He also went through two CT scans, one thyroid ultrasound, two allergy tests and four blood tests.
Finally, an alternative practitioner discovered the boy’s problems were caused by enlarged lymph nodes in his neck and by a build-up of lymphatic fluid.
(Source: Washington Post, July 20, 2004).