Thursday, February 23, 2012

Lies and more lies...

People lie to us, all the time.  It is a phenomenon that is as ridiculous as it is pointless, because the only person you're actually hurting is yourself.  A classic example is how people lie about their sexual behavior.  Odds are, if you have a male age 30 or younger who comes into your office for a "checkup," that is code for "I bagged a skank last weekend and think I caught the clap."  Everyone in the office knows it, the secretary knows it, the nurse knows it, the mail guy knows it.  You're not fooling anyone.  We're all freaks, quit lying to yourself, because we're not buying it.  Anyway, I digress from that minor point, but the larger point I am making is that people most often lie about things they know they shouldn't be doing.  Take the following three quotes from dictations on the same patient this week....

Pulmonologist:  "Patient has not smoked in the past 10 years."

Hospitalist:  "Patient states she smokes approximately 2 cigarettes per day."

Cardiologist:  "Patient has smoked two packs per day for the last 20 years."

We do all talk to each other, you're not fooling anyone. 



Lisa said...

Maybe she didn't remember which lie she started with. Makes it hard to be consistent.

Dr Erhumu said...

I always pride myself on being a good lie detector especially with sexually active young females who pretend otherwise.

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