Comic Prescription
A doctor uses his Rx pad to prescribe something other than a medical treatment.
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I don't know if my insurance covers this.

Dr. Cox: I'm gonna go ahead and write you a prescription for two testicles; and you feel free to get this filled out whenever you want.
-- Scrubs, "My Déjà vu, My Déjà vu"

It is a commonly understood fact that when a doctor believes a patient requires a particular regimen of drugs to treat their condition, they will use a particular type of form to indicate what this patient should be given. It is less well known that these forms can be used to prescribe treatments beside drugs (for example, if a prescription is needed for a pair of crutches to be covered by insurance).

That said, they probably aren't supposed to be used to prescribe these.

Examples

Film
  • What About Bob?. Bob hunts down his psychiatrist Dr. Leo Marvin, who's on vacation in New Hampshire. Dr. Marvin makes Bob promise to go home, then writes Bob a prescription advising Bob to "Take a vacation... from your problems". This backfires, because it inspires Bob to take his vacation right there in New Hampshire, and he becomes The Thing That Would Not Leave in the Marvin household.

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • Multiple times on Scrubs, usually by Dr. Cox (although Turk once wrote Carla a prescription for himself, suggesting she "apply him to a sensitive area").
  • House, M.D.: House offers to write a woman a prescription for a wet cloth after she'd brought her son into the clinic for "rashes" (it was red dye).
  • In the Monty Python's Flying Circus episode "The Cycling Tour" Mr Pither goes to a doctor to ask for directions to Iddesleigh. "Normally I would have asked a policeman or a minister of the Church, but finding no one available, I thought it better to consult a man with some professional qualifications, rather than rely on the possibly confused testimony of a passer-by." The doctor writes something down and tells Mr Pither to take it to a chemist (pharmacy in the US). The next shot is a chemist looking at the paper and giving Mr Pither the directions.

Music
  • In the Harry Nilsson song "Coconut" a woman puts lime in the coconut and drinks them both up, and gets a bellyache. She calls her doctor (wakes him up) and the doctor prescribes...lime in the coconut, drink them both together. Then she'll feel better.
  • Dave Seville of Alvin and the Chipmunks fame had a 1958 song titled "Witch Doctor", in which the Doctor "prescribes" Ooh Eeh Ooh Ah Aah Ting Tang Walla Walla Bing Bang.

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Webcomics

Real Life
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