A U.S. doctor who reads True was distressed over the story on “exploding head syndrome”.
“Dr. Robert” wrote:
I hope to be the first of likely many physicians and others to inform you that “exploding head syndrome” is, in fact, not a hoax, but is a real, recognized clinical entity.
Since you are likely to remain skeptical, I provide below a list of some of the medical journal articles dealing with this syndrome, a list I just pulled off of Medline.
I believe that in this case it is *you* (and Ms. Murray, and apparently an AP reporter) who deserve to be made fun of, since none of you apparently bothered to check whether this “hoax” might actually be true. I look forward to seeing your egg-faced retraction. Feel free to use my name.
Bob, it’s sad to consider how much education was wasted on you that you are unable to read critically. *I* did not say that the web site in question was a hoax; I wouldn’t, since I haven’t seen it.
Have you? Do you always rely on unseen signs and unreported symptoms to make your diagnoses? Does the university hospital chief of staff know this?
All I said was “caveat surfor”* — good advice in any case, but certainly good when looking at suspect medical information published on unknown web sites! “Egg-faced” indeed.
*(Please let me know if you’d like a translation of this ‘Latin’ phrase. 😉 )
Sure, a syndrome by that name does exist, but it is not the brain-splattering event that its name implies — and as shown with graphic animations on numerous gag web sites. The one the story refers to is, rather, an anxiety-based malady treated with antidepressants.
So, if you think you have “exploding head syndrome,” by all means consult your physician — This is True should not be considered your primary source of medical information. (There: happy, doc?)
P.S.: As I expected, no other medical professionals, let alone “many physicians and others,” wrote to suggest I “retract” the story. I hope Dr. Robert appreciates that I didn’t accept his invitation to identify him fully.
The online “exploding head” meme became so ubiquitous that in 2016, an emoji of the idea was formally proposed to the Unicode Consortium, which approved it as part of Unicode 10.0 in 2017.
I never did see Dr. Bob’s egg-faced retraction. Ah well.
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