Murphy's Laws of Medical Examination


Observation of Bernard Shaw

We have not lost faith - we have simply transferred it from God to the members of the medical profession.

Oscar Wilde's theory

Only small people really know themselves.

Heisenberg's law

There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them.

Clinical sophistry

The only painful conditions that exist are those for which the appropriate tests have been established.

Medical publications law

If your research is published, then the most important finding will be misrepresented.

Mann's Law

If a scientist establishes a fact suitable for publication, that fact will become central to his entire theory.

Consequence

This law will, in turn, become central to all scientific thinking.

First postulate of the thumb

It is better to solve the problem approximately and know the truth with an accuracy of plus or minus ten percent than to achieve an absolutely exact solution and at the same time not know the truth at all.

Sagan's sophism

To say that a person is just a collection of molecules is like saying that a Shakespearean play is just a collection of words.

Pyrrhus law

Solving a problem changes the nature of the problem.

Mixh's Law

If something has one end, then there is another.

Clarke's Law of Medicine

If an eminent elderly physician claims that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. If this person is sure that something is impossible, then it is very likely that he is mistaken.

Fagin's rule of predicting the past

Hindsight is an exact science.


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