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12th Jun '16 7:53:59 AM TheNicestGuy
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBros'' invokes and lampshades this trope in "The Diving Bell vs. the Butter-Glider". When Dr. Venture is unconscious and partially paralyzed, Billy Whelan and Pete White are called in to treat him. Billy immediately points out that the most obvious diagnosis is a stroke, but he also white-boards all manner of other exotic possibilities, including "lazy face", but drawing the line at "gum swallowing".
-->'''Pete White:''' He's hooked on ''{{Series/House}}''. We both are.
21st Mar '16 4:23:36 PM nombretomado
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* Parodied in ''BoyMeetsWorld''. Turns out Cory's just a hypochondriac.

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* Parodied in ''BoyMeetsWorld''.''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''. Turns out Cory's just a hypochondriac.
18th Mar '16 8:47:11 PM Hossmeister
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9th Mar '16 9:28:39 AM Hossmeister
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* Inverted once on ''DoogieHowserMD''. A celebrity came in to the hospital after a trip through third-world countries with an illness none of the doctors recognized immediately. They did tests for all sorts of unusual diseases, until a nurse recognized it as measles, which wasn't recognized solely because immunizations for the disease are nigh-ubiquitous.

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* Inverted once on ''DoogieHowserMD''.''Series/DoogieHowserMD''. A celebrity came in to the hospital after a trip through third-world countries with an illness none of the doctors recognized immediately. They did tests for all sorts of unusual diseases, until a nurse recognized it as measles, which wasn't recognized solely because immunizations for the disease are nigh-ubiquitous.
29th Feb '16 5:25:04 PM GrammarNavi
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* Played realistically on ''GoldenGirls''. Dorothy was struck with a strange illness that left her perpetually lethargic. She had gone to several doctors and traveled to a specialist in New York, only to be told she was just getting old and should do something new like get her hair done or some nonsense. It was only after a 5th (?) opinion that she was diagnosed with the rare Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This episode was inspired by one of the produces coming down with this same disorder.

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* Played realistically on ''GoldenGirls''.''Series/TheGoldenGirls''. Dorothy was struck with a strange illness that left her perpetually lethargic. She had gone to several doctors and traveled to a specialist in New York, only to be told she was just getting old and should do something new like get her hair done or some nonsense. It was only after a 5th (?) opinion that she was diagnosed with the rare Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This episode was inspired by one of the produces coming down with this same disorder.
27th Jan '16 12:00:55 AM Eagal
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* Amnesia: ''Very'' dramatic, and lets the character start out as ignorant as the audience about what's going on. In comedies, almost any [[TapOnTheHead blow to the head]] causes, and cures, amnesia. Doesn't work ''at all'' the way it's portrayed in fiction.
** And it ALWAYS has to be retrograde amnesia.
*** [[Film/{{Memento}} Not]] [[FiftyFirstDates always.]]

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* Amnesia: ''Very'' dramatic, and lets the character start out as ignorant as the audience about what's going on. In comedies, almost any [[TapOnTheHead blow to the head]] causes, and cures, amnesia. Doesn't work ''at all'' the way it's portrayed in fiction.
** And
fiction. Most frequently, it ALWAYS has to will be retrograde amnesia.
*** [[Film/{{Memento}} Not]] [[FiftyFirstDates always.]]
amnesia, though exceptions do exist
12th Nov '15 12:05:19 PM FF32
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* [[TourettesShitcockSyndrome Tourette's Syndrome]]: Because people swearing randomly is funny, even though less than 10% of people with Tourette's ''actually'' swear uncontrollably.

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* [[TourettesShitcockSyndrome [[HollywoodTourettes Tourette's Syndrome]]: Because people swearing randomly is funny, even though less than 10% of people with Tourette's ''actually'' swear uncontrollably.
3rd Oct '15 7:28:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* Inverted in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. JD diagnoses a patient with Kuru, which is confined to Papua New Guinea and transmitted by cannibalism. He's mocked mercilessly by his attending and the patient himself, and the disease turns out to be mundane. Even so, most patients on ''{{Scrubs}}'' have something fairly obscure, if not actually rare.
** Dr. Cox actually fully describes this trope in his rant, saying that the patient is probably just experiencing ordinary disease with unordinary symptoms. He's right.
** And also averted in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', where a news broadcast goes out about two Hepatitis A cases. The hospital is then crushed with people thinking they have it.

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* Inverted in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''.''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** Inverted.
JD diagnoses a patient with Kuru, which is confined to Papua New Guinea and transmitted by cannibalism. He's mocked mercilessly by his attending and the patient himself, and the disease turns out to be mundane. Even so, most patients on ''{{Scrubs}}'' have something fairly obscure, if not actually rare.
**
Dr. Cox actually fully describes this trope in his rant, saying that the patient is probably just experiencing ordinary disease with unordinary symptoms. He's right.
right. Even so, most patients on the show have something fairly obscure, if not actually rare.
** And also averted in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', Averted, where a news broadcast goes out about two Hepatitis A cases. The hospital is then crushed with people thinking they have it.



* ''GreysAnatomy''. This could take a while...

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* ''GreysAnatomy''.''Series/GreysAnatomy''. This could take a while...
3rd Oct '15 3:53:54 AM Morgenthaler
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** Separation of adult siamese twins (played by the [[CheapSeats Sklar brothers]]) who are joined at the spine and both in love with the same woman. The episode actually went to great pains to point out how completely impossible the procedure was. [[MillionToOneChance Then they succeeded in doing it.]]

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** Separation of adult siamese twins (played by the [[CheapSeats [[Series/CheapSeats Sklar brothers]]) who are joined at the spine and both in love with the same woman. The episode actually went to great pains to point out how completely impossible the procedure was. [[MillionToOneChance Then they succeeded in doing it.]]
5th May '15 6:53:32 AM moloch
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** TruthInTelevision. Most doctors graduating in the past few decades have never seen an actual live case of measels.

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** TruthInTelevision. Most doctors graduating in the past few decades have never seen an actual live case of measels.measles. Though in the US at least, [[TooDumbToLive "anti-vaxxers"]] [[http://io9.com/what-happens-when-you-dont-vaccinate-1631423511 are slowly changing this.]]
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