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| Has your doctor ever told you that it’s hazardous to search for medical symptoms online? Has s/he written a catchy song about it and released a music video to drive home the message? Well, that’s exactly what a Swedish doctor has done with his maiden music album in English, charmingly called Medical Melodies and Surgical Songs.
Dr Henrik Widegren’s popular song hits all the right notes as the phoniatrician (voice specialist) and ear, nose and throat (ENT) professional rhymes his way through the perils of believing in the half-truths furnished by internet. The stimulating music video, available on YouTube, tells the story of a father who is dying from hypochondria. The sole advice he has for his son is to never search medical information online.
Interestingly, the album has 13 songs – right from pop and rock to disco and techno. Who knew medical music could be so much fun! I’m a fan already. Fun fact: It’s possible to enjoy Swedish songs, even if you don’t follow the language. The singer doctor has previously released three albums in Swedish.
As someone wise had rightly said, it’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. So, how are we going to fight this epic battle against medical misinformation and fake news in health? Share your ideas, suggestions, feedback.
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Until we meet again, stay informed, stay healthy.
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