Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Patient Misunderstands Doctor's Advice

National Lampoon, Oct. 1984, p. 22.


Urging that doctors provide more explicit instructions for the use of drugs, Hospital Pharmacy magazine reported: "A patient visited his physician with a complaint of excessive sweating from his axillae. The doctor wrote a prescription for aluminum chloride solution. He handed the prescription to the patient and said, 'Rub this under your arms twice a day.' The patient left the office only to return a few days later. The patient complained to the doctor that he continued to have the sweating problem. He also asked for a new prescription slip. The old one had by now become smeared and tattered from rubbing it under his arms."