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20th Nov '16 9:46:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Arsenal Of Freedom": after Dr. Crusher takes a nasty fall, Picard has to take care of her, and she has to tell him how to do it.

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episode "Arsenal Of Freedom": after Dr. Crusher takes a nasty fall, Picard has to take care of her, and she has to tell him how to do it.
20th Nov '16 9:45:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' has a non-doctor example- the titular InsufferableGenius diagnoses himself [[spoiler: ''after being shot in the chest'' by Watson's fiancé Mary. He mentally plays out both evaluating his condition and being advised by mental representations of people he knows- mainly his smug brother Mycroft- to determine that the bullet is still in his body (because it didn't shatter the mirror behind him) and which direction he should fall down in to increase his chances of survival, as well as forcing himself to think of a happy memory (his dog from his childhood) for the same reason.]] This takes about 5 minutes on-screen but in-universe he mentally goes through all of this in about a second. [[spoiler:He later points out that had Mary truly wanted to kill him, she was good enough to make a kill-shot, and it's possible he thought of that at the time of being shot too.]]

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* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' has a non-doctor example- the titular InsufferableGenius diagnoses himself [[spoiler: ''after being shot in the chest'' by Watson's fiancé Mary. He mentally plays out both evaluating his condition and being advised by mental representations of people he knows- mainly his smug brother Mycroft- to determine that the bullet is still in his body (because it didn't shatter the mirror behind him) and which direction he should fall down in to increase his chances of survival, as well as forcing himself to think of a happy memory (his dog from his childhood) for the same reason.]] This takes about 5 minutes on-screen but in-universe he mentally goes through all of this in about a second. [[spoiler:He later points out that had Mary truly wanted to kill him, she was good enough to make a kill-shot, and it's possible he thought of that at the time of being shot too.]]



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20th Nov '16 8:51:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* Dr. Maturin, in the AubreyMaturin series, himself falls prey to a wide variety of injuries and ailments over the course of the series. His self-diagnoses are almost always on the mark, too, though he notably fails to recognize his own addiction to the (opium-based) alcoholic tincture of laudanum.

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* Dr. Maturin, in the AubreyMaturin ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' series, himself falls prey to a wide variety of injuries and ailments over the course of the series. His self-diagnoses are almost always on the mark, too, though he notably fails to recognize his own addiction to the (opium-based) alcoholic tincture of laudanum.
23rd Oct '16 4:27:55 AM StarTropes
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* On ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', Dr. Warner gets shot. As she, Olivia, and several others are being held captive by the insane woman who shot her, she has to guide Olivia through performing an emergency procedure on her while describing what the bullet has done to her body.
4th Jun '16 11:41:40 AM R1ck
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* In nations which lack universal healthcare, such as TheUnitedStates [[TakeThat and the rest of the Third World]], diagnostic tests are often A: rather costly, and B: specifically '''ex'''cluded from insurance coverage. For that reason, telling such patients that self-diagnosis doesn't count will most-likely be [[{{Understatement}} met with]] [[BlatantLies polite]] [[BerserkButton skepticism]]. [[RantInducingSlight Admonish at your own risk]].
4th Jun '16 11:40:32 AM R1ck
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*** TVTropes.org: Saving Lives through proper education of self-diagnosis!
4th Jun '16 11:35:33 AM R1ck
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Most people, when they fall ill, will only describe their symptoms in general terms ("My stomach hurts", "I think I'm going to throw up", "[[SneezeOfDoom AAA-CHOO!]]" etc.) This makes sense - most of us don't have that much medical knowledge, no matter how many doctors / [[MoralGuardians Daily Mail readers]] think we're all self-medicating with [[NewMediaAreEvil bootleg drugs bought online]].

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Most people, when they fall ill, will only describe their symptoms in general terms ("My stomach hurts", "I think I'm going to throw up", "[[SneezeOfDoom AAA-CHOO!]]" etc.) This makes sense - most of us don't have that much medical knowledge, no matter how many doctors / [[MoralGuardians Daily Mail readers]] think we're all self-medicating with [[NewMediaAreEvil bootleg drugs bought online]].knowledge and can only use vague terms to talk about the complex things happening to us.
21st Dec '15 8:17:07 AM Prioris
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* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': In "Dirty Little Secret'', Maura accurately diagnoses what is wrong with her injured leg and then talks Jane through what she has to do in order to relieve the pressure so she won't lose the leg.

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* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': In "Dirty Little Secret'', Maura accurately diagnoses what is wrong with able to ascertain that her injured leg is developing compartment syndrome, and then talks Jane through what she has to do in order to relieve the pressure so she won't lose the leg.performing an emergency fasciotomy with a piece of glass from a broken cellphone screen.



** Being able to self-diagnosis a heart attack is another big one, as they are almost never as big and dramatic as they look on TV.

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** Being able to self-diagnosis self-diagnose a heart attack is another big one, as they are almost never [[HollywoodHeartAttack as big and dramatic as they look on TV.]] For every classic "elephant on the chest," there are scores of "it's just heartburn/pulled back/something I ate."
12th Nov '15 2:59:40 PM eroock
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See also AFoolForAClient, the equivalent trope for lawyers.

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See also AFoolForAClient, the equivalent trope for lawyers. Compare DiagnosisFromDrBadass.
29th Oct '15 12:34:31 AM BattleMaster
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*** There's also the stereotype that people use self-diagnosed Asperger's Syndrome as an excuse to be a jerk. In reality, it's very rare to see a person with self-diagnosed AS being a jerk online (though being socially naive and misinterpreted is pretty common), and what little research anyone has done on the issue suggests that most self-diagnosed AS people [[http://abnormaldiversity.blogspot.ca/2011/08/accuracy-of-autism-self-diagnosis.html probably do have the condition]].
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