Diseases

9 posts / 0 new
Last post
#1 25 March, 2016 - 01:36
Offline
Joined: 1 year 1 month ago

Diseases


Hi alll............ I find it diddicult to memorise the diseases and their symptoms... can any one help me with this...+++

25 March, 2016 - 07:50
Offline
Joined: 1 year 11 months ago

Can you post an example of what you would like to learn, and what you have already tried to memorize it?

26 March, 2016 - 04:44
Offline
Joined: 1 year 4 weeks ago

Well, when I memorize diseases, I order them through topics. For example, pediatric diseases generally go together, pulmonary diseases too, GI diseases, cancers, psychiatric disorders etc. Since the symptoms are generally similar or at least related, and the changes are subtle, I don't have to have lots of effort to remember them.

I'm sorry I won't be able to give you examples, I'm brazilian and my memorizations and diseases' names are generally in Portuguese...

7 April, 2016 - 20:04
Offline
Joined: 2 years 1 month ago

One way to keep related information together is to group facts by location -- for example, put all the facts about one disease in one room of a memory palace.

7 April, 2016 - 22:58
Offline
Joined: 3 years 2 months ago

Don't do this. There are many diseases that share the same symptoms. This is a great example where enhancing your memory can help, but also hurt. If you're going for an RN, or in med school, or whatever, you need to have a basis of information. Sometimes, a stool sample is just required, and it could be the difference of night and day. It's cause and causation. Sometimes, a causation can be misdiagnosed as a cause, and vice versa.

If you are insistent on relating symptoms to disease, and vice versa anyway, the journey and link method would work. That is to say, create 100 places that you can walk through in your mind, give each disease (place) an image, and attach links to refer to the symptoms to those places. The links can be as long as you can make them. For a beginner, 25 is good. But you can expand on this as you become more advanced.

It's very hazardous to do this, though. I would hope you have good malpractice insurance, as people die every day due to a misdiagnoses, and in turn, are sued out the wazoo.

8 April, 2016 - 06:05
Offline
Joined: 1 year 4 weeks ago

Hi Gabriel, I think his purpose might be more associative reminder than just blatantly relying on symptoms for diagnosis. A diagnosis is something way more complex than just an association of symptoms, and there's no way that a memory palace can take care of it by itself. Also, its purpose is a little more next to just memorizing something, and passing it to one's long term memory, than relying on it for real medical purposes.

If he wants to memorize a disease's symptoms just for consulting it when making a diagnosis, e.g. has all the anamnesis, clinical exam and lab/image exams at hand, arrives at the conclusion of a certain disease, say endocarditis or cardiac insufficiency, but want to double check the symptoms, it's actually a nice way to do so.

But, as you said, it can be confusing, given the relation to the symptoms. One has to do a map tagging the DIAGNOSIS rather than the symptoms, or will arrive at a plethora of different diagnoses that might confuse more than help. For example, there are tons of causes to a fever, and the association would be prejudiced, but if he makes a palace for hemorragic fever (the disease), listing the symptoms, a different one for malaria, w/ other symptoms, a different for typho, a different for rheumatic fever etc, it might help him a lot.

8 April, 2016 - 09:56
Offline
Joined: 2 years 8 months ago

adding a comment so Its easier for me to find this thread in the future. Thanks guys, very interesting, please dont stop. Hope there are more features that helps us soming up on this awesome site...

9 April, 2016 - 02:46
Offline
Joined: 3 years 2 months ago

While you make very valid points, Jopel, we have to also consider that all he said was he had problems memorizing diseases and their symptoms ::-) Undoubtedly, it will help him, but we're talking tens of thousand of diseases here, Granted, he will only ever run into a handful regularly, depending on his geographical position, which he'll learn just from working around it all the time.

From the sound of it, he's just preparing for an exam. . I kind of felt obligated to remind him of how easy a misdiagnoses can be :-) I've watched a few medical/crime shows. Therefor,, I am an expert on the matter (sarcasm alert :-)
-Gabe

9 April, 2016 - 09:54
Offline
Joined: 1 year 4 weeks ago

Hahahahahah I understand it perfectly ;) You're right, on the short run it'll get him nowhere, and probably can throw a wrong diagnosis if he's not careful.

The main trick with the whole 1000's and more variety of diseases is what I said on my first comment: organize them through categories. Children diseases are often put together because they have a similar way of contraction (generally, they're airborne-related or hygiene-related transmissions), as in elderly diseases, such as cancers or chronic diseases, are often a result of combined factors that, combined, can make a possible bad outcome. Heart diseases are usually because of a problem with arterial pressure, fat plaques (atheromas) or valve diseases, so they can also be together. And so on and so forth.

But you're exacly right. While he can sometimes get faced with odd diagnoses (last week on my internship I had a pacient with neurocisticercosis, which even here in Brazil is somewhat rare), most of them will be so frequent he'll learn how to get a grip. For me at least, a Memory Palace would be way more useful on those odd diagnoses (I could remember lots on prophylaxis and transmission) than on the usual ones; however, it'll take some time to prepare, as in something like "diseases test next week" will be useless with this approach.

I can also reccomend Gavino's Massive Memory Palace System if he wants to system a palace inside a palace, e.g. stipulating a palace only for cardiac valve diseases, and inside it, explain each disease with a loci that can pull several other loci (about 4 to 10 different loci).

Stay well!

Learn memory techniques for free! Just click the "Sign up" button below to create an account and we'll send you an email with some tips on how to get started.

Related content: