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"Gray, Ryan" <[log in to unmask]>
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Gray, Ryan
Tue, 5 Jun 2018 19:16:06 +0000
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It's interesting you mention Harry Potter. We just got in our copy of JAMA Internal Medicine and there is an article called "Harry Potter, Magic, and Medicine<> by Arjun Gupta, MD. : V.178 #6 Pages 747- 748. It is an editorial about managing the expectations that patients have. The author argues that sometimes patients view the science of medicine as magic-like and have an unrealistic expectation of the outcome.

All the best,


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From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Ann Ferrari
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Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re clever or amusing PubMed search examples

I've used Harry Potter references in the past as interesting PubMed search examples.  There are citations that show an increase in headaches in children after the latest book had come out (from reading too long).  There is also a citation about pediatric ER visits going down after the books were released.

Another fun PubMed search is for citations about Agatha Christie.  She trained to become a pharmacy technician so there are some articles that discuss how her training influenced her mystery novels.

Finally, an interesting search from the art world is to look up Vincent Van Gogh and digitalis toxicity.  There is some literature that discusses whether his use of digitalis might have contributed to using the color yellow in many of his paintings.



Ann Ferrari

Medical Librarian

The Children's Institute

1405 Shady Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA  15217