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12 medical specialty stereotypes by Dr. Michelle Au (in comic form!) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
posted by jourman2 (24 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
Michelle Au previously on mefi (hadn't seen that post until now)
posted by jourman2 at 6:42 PM on September 16, 2007


I found this to be stupid.
posted by Henry C. Mabuse at 6:50 PM on September 16, 2007


My dad is a dermatologist (though not a Glamazon) and we used to get this skin journal in the mail called Cutis (rechristened by Joe as "Pus Weekly") that always had some god-awful photo on the cover of, I don't know, a man's desquamated testes or something. Why they didn't ship that thing in brown paper wrapping, I don't know.
Next, on the blue ...
posted by rob511 at 6:54 PM on September 16, 2007


Musical takes on a couple of her stereotypes (the second one is my favorite).

(From this previous post)
posted by TedW at 6:55 PM on September 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


Why stereotypes, you might ask? Originally derived from a printer's term for the duplicate plate used to print common templates or images to avoid damaging the original, it came to mean an 'image perpetuated without change.' Since the groundbreaking 1922 work on propaganda Public Opinion, it's been used to refer to the simplified prejudices (the 'pictures in our heads') available for manipulation to those 'manufacturers of consent' who must convince the public to allow elites to do what they know to be best, or sometimes to refer to the bigoted opinions of those who make most judgments based on those pictures despite the complications reality usually presents.

Badly drawn caricatures of doctors don't even begin to rise to the level of interesting stereotypes. This is like a teenager's doodlings the day after Grey's Anatomy. Since the artist is apparently a doctor, it's probably just a set of bad cartoons of people he actually knows, more likely to damage the original than the printer's duplicate plate, I should think.
posted by anotherpanacea at 6:56 PM on September 16, 2007 [6 favorites]


I thought they were ok, but I would have liked a good overarching stereotype for, say, ophthalmology or internal medicine.
posted by stavrogin at 7:11 PM on September 16, 2007


Kinda cute but banal.
posted by nickyskye at 7:19 PM on September 16, 2007


These really sucked. Wow.
posted by dmd at 7:21 PM on September 16, 2007


I work with neurosurgeons (and cardiologists, but she doesn't have a cartoon for that yet) and I thought it was pretty funny.
posted by Liosliath at 7:42 PM on September 16, 2007


"Or as I like to call them, pointy kisses!" is enough funny to make the whole thing worthwhile.
posted by escabeche at 8:18 PM on September 16, 2007


I thought they were cute, esp since I recognized my OB in there...
posted by Zinger at 8:20 PM on September 16, 2007


yikes
posted by docpops at 8:22 PM on September 16, 2007


MetaFilter is as snarky as ever tonight, I see. I thought they were cute.
posted by OverlappingElvis at 8:31 PM on September 16, 2007


Now I want a subscription to Cutis.
posted by Optimus Chyme at 8:40 PM on September 16, 2007


"Pointy kisses."

I am so stealing that.
posted by lekvar at 9:28 PM on September 16, 2007


Not my cup of tea, but I'm not going shit and leave, nor am I going to type up a thesis about it.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 9:31 PM on September 16, 2007 [2 favorites]


Orthopedic surgeons dance like this.

Neurologists dance like... who the fuck am I kidding!? Have you ever seen a neurologist dance?
posted by loquacious at 9:31 PM on September 16, 2007 [2 favorites]


HA HA HA! It's like watching a few seasons of Scrubs!

Except I've only seen the couple of episodes my Dad made me sit down and watch with him.

But pretty much the same. Hee he hee, Humor in uniform....
posted by sourwookie at 11:04 PM on September 16, 2007


Without internal medicine, this is nothing.

Internists: the weiner dogs of medicine.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 7:46 AM on September 17, 2007


I don't think I get the one for "radiation oncology". Is the joke that specialists in that field are so rare as to be virtually non-existent?
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 7:57 AM on September 17, 2007


I don't think I get the one for "radiation oncology". Is the joke that specialists in that field are so rare as to be virtually non-existent?

It has been my experience that even as residents they are out of the hospital by lunchtime.
posted by TedW at 8:04 AM on September 17, 2007


It's that no one in med school seems to know anyone that went in to Radiation Oncology. In fact, it's probably the one field we had no exposure to at all in med school.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 8:19 AM on September 17, 2007 [1 favorite]


Unexpected treat from #11:
You think, "Oh, I cannot possibly let my delicate ass skin touch this horrible, contaminated toilet seat that other asses have touched!" And so you hover, and in doing so, spray the entire toilet seat with pee. And then you do not wipe up the pee, the pee that has issued forth from your own urethra, and then when I have to use the bathroom, in a rush during my too-short break from the OR, guess who has to do the dirty work?
Lovely.
posted by hjo3 at 7:05 PM on September 17, 2007


Medical Hierarchy = Cathy goes to med school?
posted by cairnish at 11:39 AM on September 18, 2007


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