Book Syndrome: Medical Students Suffer   2 comments


As the final exams come closer, many medical students get a fairly common syndrome, known as “Book Syndrome” (not to be mistaken for the other ‘Book syndrome’ [dentistry]: premolar aplasia, hyperhidrosis, and premature canities) .

Coined by Dr Haisook in 2008 after suffering it himself, this syndrome encompasses many psychological and physical signs. At least 5 of the following must persist for at least 2 weeks, in addition to the presence of impending exams, to warrant a diagnosis:

  • The patient is a medical student.
  • A persistent urge to check out what time it is.
  • Not having a haircut for months. 96% of patients with this syndrome had an unintentional Afro hairstyle.
  • Sniffing every now and then.
  • Sleeping while hugging a medical book.
  • Reading 3 books at the same; one by an eye, the other by the other eye, and the third by the nose.
  • Sleepwalking to the study desk, and completing sleep there.
  • The patient perceives the members of his family as huge medical books.
  • Book Chorea; involuntary and semi-purposeful, this type of chorea occurs in the advanced stage of the disease. The patient bring his hands to the sides of his face, and swing them in a jerky manner, simulating a book suddenly swung open. Burping follows. This sign alone is enough for the diagnosis. And once diagnosed, it requires immediate hospitalization for constant follow-up. Mortality reaches up to 65%.
  • Book Carditis; a rare type of pancarditis where the heart turns into a spleen reading a medical book. It also warrants a definite diagnosis once confirmed via ECHO.

Incidence is constantly rising, and though the disease may affect any student, it is almost exclusive to medical students. As of September 2008, 32.654 medical students from around the world were reported to have suffered the disease, even long before the term “Book Syndrome” was coined, making a total of 98.3% of all cases. Studies have shown that 1 out of 10 medical students will be diagnosed with this syndrome. There is not a gender difference in incidence, although studies have shown that males are more prone to severe states of the disease, especially Book Chorea.

No treatment has been established yet, save for the common sedatives and tranquilizers. A very recent research has found a definitive treatment though; dropping out of school and booking a vacation in Hawaii reversed the disease completely. Though curative, doctors do not recommend this treatment regime because it may cause potential career problems in the future.

[P.S. This article is purely fictional and is just for fun].


Posted September 6, 2008 by H. H. in Articles, Fun, Medicine

2 responses to “Book Syndrome: Medical Students Suffer

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  1. It sounds like you copy/pasted the article from DSM, lol. You are talented.

  2. Haha.. it all started after I’d drawn the image you see above. Thanks.

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