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April 22, 2005

BehindTheMedspeak: bookofjoe helps solve another baffling medical mystery even specialists couldn't diagnose

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I don't call it practicing medicine without a license because:

1) I'm not practicing medicine when I write about various aspects of medicine, and

2) I have a license (two, in fact: one from California and one from Virginia. And that's not including the de facto one from the great state of Confusion. But I digress)

But I will remind you of yesterday's post in which I noted that I stand ready at all times to provide the very best medical advice I'm capable of, free.

In this case you get more than you pay for. But I digress once again.

An email came in at 3:59 a.m. this morning (while I was sleeping)

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which reported a bookofjoe reader's diagnosis of her 83-year-old mother's Charles Bonnet Syndrome after reading my post on the little-known condition.

Read her email below for an example of why it pays to be a joehead.

    Dear Joseph:

    A new comment has been posted on your blog "bookofjoe," on the post "BehindTheMedspeak: Charles Bonnet Syndrome — 'In a sense, we are hallucinating all the time.'"

    Name: Eva

    Comments:

    Amazing. My 83 year old mother has had several episodes of hallucinations which are described perfectly in studies of Bonnet Syndrome.

    She has suffered from macular degeneration for some time now.

    The "specialist" we are seeing prescribed anti-psychotics and never mentioned this syndrome.

    This is what she has!

    Eureka!

    One hour on the internet and I found the answer!

    I cannot wait to ask the doctors about this!

    Hope they have open minds....

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Memo to Eva: if they don't, find another doctor.

April 22, 2005 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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