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Top 10 Patients facts that will blow your mind.

  1. Princess Diana, on live TV, shook the hand of an AIDS patient without wearing gloves, challenging the belief that AIDS could be passed via contact. The act was seen as a huge moment for those suffering with the disease.

  2. In 2013, Australian blogger Belle Gibson claimed to have beaten brain cancer using 'natural remedies' — selling a cookbook to cancer patients with all her 'secrets'. It was later revealed she never even had cancer, and was fined $410,000 by the Australian government for her deceptive practices.

  3. Mary Jane Rathbun, better known as Brownie Mary became known for illegally baking and distributing cannabis brownies to AIDs patients in the 1980s. She was baking more than 4000 brownies per week. She was also known for wearing polyester pants suits and having a 'sailors mouth'.

  4. In 1986, nurse Sandra Clarke could not stay with a patient who asked her to stay. When she returned, the patient had died alone. In 2001, she was key in starting No One Dies Alone, a program where volunteers sit with terminal patients who have no one else. The program is now world-wide.

  5. A 30-year-old elephant named Ben sought help at a safari lodge after being shot by poachers. The elephant waited patiently near the lodge for the 6 hours it took for a vet to fly in and dress his 3 bullet wounds.

  6. When severely depressed patients were treated with psilocybin, all enjoyed some improvement, 2/3rds were in remission at 1 week, and 42% remained depression-free at 3 months.

  7. A study sent 12 fake patients to psychiatric hospitals and all but 1 were diagnosed with schizophrenia. After publication, an offended hospital challenged the author to fool them. He agreed. Hospital then diagnosed 21% of incoming patients as fakes. In reality, he sent no patients at all.

  8. A woman who was able to smell Parkinson's disease. In a study she was able to accurately identify 11/12 patients with Parkinson's. And not a year later the last patient was also diagnosed, making her record 12/12.

  9. The only 2 patients to be cured of HIV were also undergoing cancer treatment at the same time; meaning they became cancer free AND HIV negative at the same time

  10. "Daughter from California syndrome", a phrase used in the medical profession to describe situation in which a long-absent family member arrives while a patient is dying to demand inappropriately aggressive care.

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Gender distribution and average ages of emergency room patients in 2017 organized by ailing body part.

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Relationship between systolic (sys) and diastolic (dia) blood pressure of patients in critical care units(N=~500k)

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In 1957, a terminal cancer patient was given a worthless drug that caused his tumors to “melt like snowballs on a hot stove.” When he found out it was proven worthless, his cancer returned. He was given a placebo version and it went away again. Got truth again and died.

There is a mental delusion called "The Truman Show delusion" where patients believed their lives were reality television shows. One traveled to NewYork to check whether the World Trade Center had actually fallen—believing 9/11 attacks to be an elaborate plot twist in his personal story line.

The drug cocktail that allows AIDs patients to survive came along just months after Freddie Mercury died.

40% of patients subject to medical malpractice reported that if they had received an explanation and apology, they would not have felt the need to file suit

18 Patients with drug-resistant malaria were cured by a not-yet-approved malaria therapy made only from the dried leaves of the Artemisia annua plant. In just five days, all 18 people fully recovered.

Beyonce once shut down a hospital floor to give birth, forcing patients and family members out such as a dad coming to see his 2 prematurely born kids

A surgery with a 300% mortality rate. During an amputation, Dr. Robert Liston accidentally cut his assistant's fingers off and later slashed an observer's coat. The observer, thinking he'd been stabbed, dropped dead of shock, and the patient and assistant died afterwards of infected wounds.

23 year old was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. A year later he developed a cancer of the blood. A bone-marrow transplant treated a patient’s leukemia — and his delusions, too.

A study from Yale found that kids who watched 'Mr. Rogers Neighborhood' retained more information than children who watched 'Sesame Street.' They also had a higher 'tolerance of delay', meaning they were more patient

Nurse Sandra Clarke was making her rounds when a frail patient made a simple request, "will you stay with me." When she returned from her rounds she discovered he died. Sandra became the founder of "No One Dies Alone," a volunteer program that provides dying patients someone to be with them.

"celebrity psychiatrist" Dr. Isaac Herschkopf manipulated a patient into cutting off his family, giving him his home, signing over his bank account, and amending his will to leave everything to the doctor's wife. Yet Dr. Herschkopf still maintains his medical license in New York City today.

Doctor Min Chiu Li was fired from the NIH in the 1950s because he gave chemotherapy to patients even after their tumors appeared to be gone. After firing him, the NIH discovered the long-term survival rates for his patients were far superior to conventional treatments.

Mother Teresa encouraged members of her order to secretly baptise dying patients, many of whom were Hindus and Muslims

In 1887 a reporter named Nellie Bly talked her way into an insane asylum in New York and published her experience after ten days in the asylum. She claimed many of the patients seemed completely sane and the conditions were horrid. This led to NYC budgeting $1,000,000 to care of the insane.

Schizophrenic voices are shaped by local culture. Patients in America hear voices asking them to do violent things whereas in Africa and India the voices they hear are usually of dead relatives or nice voices offering comfort

A doctor in the Bronx was fired at the height of the 2015 Legionnaires outbreak for testing the water in patients' homes.

The Federal Trade Commission says four cancer charities run by extended members of the same family conned donors out of $187 million from 2008 through 2012 and spent almost nothing to help actual cancer patients.

About the Rosenhan experiment where fake patients feigned hallucinations to enter psychiatric hospitals were diagnosed with schizophrenia and continued to be treated even after they started acting normally proving that it's nearly impossible to distinguish sane from insane in a psych ward.

An identity thief stole the identity of a surgeon and while aboard a Navy destroyer was tasked with performing several life saving surgeries. He proceeded to memorize a medical textbook just before hand and successfully performed the surgery with all patients surviving.

In 2013, an 11-year-old cancer patient on her way to a camp for children with serious illnesses was removed from her flight after misplacing her passport. Just before takeoff her passport was found in another passenger's backpack, and the plane unprecedentedly returned to the gate to pick her up

In 2003, a 17-year-old transplant patient died after receiving organs with the wrong blood type. The error occurred because everyone assumed that someone else checked the blood type.

The Jack Nicholson film 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' was filmed in an actual mental hospital and many of the extras were actually mental patients

The 71 million dollar word. Due to a hospital not using a professional translator they misinterpreted the word "intoxicado" which led to improper treatment leading to the patient becoming a quadriplegic and winning a lawsuit to the tune of 71 million dollars.

HIV is reported cured in two patients both of whom benefited from bone marrow transplant procedures that were actually intended for treating cancer, not HIV

A woman was diagnosed HIV+, despite her husband and exes all testing HIV-. Convinced her spouse(a doctor) infected her via a "vitamin shot", she had detectives examine his clinic's records. 1 HIV+ blood sample was missing. That patient's HIV strain was ~identical to hers, convicting the husband.

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How long it took users to click a button that was supposed to help them find out how patient they were

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PCA of Gene Expression from Normal and Cancer Tissue from The Cancer Genome Atlas (2228 patients total)