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Why you should always shake your doctors hand

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#1 Godeskian

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 10:06 AM

http://news.bbc.co.u...lth/7246419.stm

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A GP diagnosed a rare brain tumour just by shaking a man's hand.
Mark Gurrieri, 36, from Loughton, Essex, was working in a restaurant when a friend introduced him to his dining partner, Dr Chris Britt.

The GP said he knew something was wrong when he shook Mr Gurrieri's large, spongy feeling hand.

Mr Gurrieri underwent tests and was found to have acromegaly - caused by a tumour in the pituitary gland which leads to excess growth hormone.

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The condition is seen in just three people per million, and can have serious effects if left undiagnosed.

I'd say that was one lucky man then :)

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#2 Kosh

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 11:43 AM

Damn good Doctor too.
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Posted 15 February 2008 - 12:48 PM

That's one of the most awesome stories ever.
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#4 szhismine

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 12:57 PM

sounds like something House would do :hehe:
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#5 Lyric of Delphi

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 01:15 PM

I was thinking McCoy. "It's the g*dd*mn Spanish Inquisition!"

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 02:08 PM

View Postszhismine, on Feb 15 2008, 05:57 PM, said:

sounds like something House would do :hehe:

I thought so too! Well, actually he'd probably think it was lupus first, then an infection, and while the guy was on his deathbed writhing in agony he'd shake another person's hand and have an epiphany.

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#7 Chakoteya

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 03:18 AM

Not that any newly qualifying doctor here would be able to do this. Bart's managed to stay open as a specialist cancer hospital only after a long fight with the Government, who wanted to close it and sell the prime City of London site. Other patients now have to haul themselves down to Whitechapel to get treatment. A lovely trip through little Bangladesh and Jack the Ripper land.
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Posted 16 February 2008 - 06:37 PM

View PostAnnibal, on Feb 15 2008, 02:08 PM, said:

View Postszhismine, on Feb 15 2008, 05:57 PM, said:

sounds like something House would do :hehe:

I thought so too! Well, actually he'd probably think it was lupus first, then an infection, and while the guy was on his deathbed writhing in agony he'd shake another person's hand and have an epiphany.

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