Blog | Monday, June 15, 2009

Medical news of the obvious

It should be obvious but ... That's what researchers at King's College London predicted when they embarked on a study to find out if the average person's knowledge of anatomy has improved over the past 40 years. But upon being shown pictures of the male or female body with certain areas shaded, fewer than half of the 722 study participants correctly identified the heart and almost 70% were wrong about the location of the lungs -- even if they were currently receiving treatment involving the organ in question. The findings were published in BMC Family Practice. Researchers astutely point out that their findings bode ill for doctor-patient communication. No doubt everyone is more satisfied with the encounter when they're on the same page about which body parts are being discussed.