Face west, take three steps, and eat a banana in one gulp
Ei Thuzar Aung explores the superstitious beliefs that some doctors hold
- By: Ei Thuzar Aung
Doctors are usually thought of as like scientists, working with hard facts and figures and evidence based medicine. So what would you think if you met doctors who choose the colour of their clothes to wear to hospital in the hope of reducing patient mortality? You may think this insanity, but doctors are human too, and some of them have odd ideas that they know are irrational.
Research among Singaporean medical staff found that some doctors believe that eating meat dumplings is associated with ill fortune.1 And an article in the Student BMJ described some doctors who avoid saying “It's quiet tonight” during their nights on call.2 Similar habits exist among doctors in Burma (Myanmar).
Some superstitions concern the colour of your clothes while on duty. Black, red, and sometimes blue should be avoided. Black is a sign of death, red represents blood, and blue shows instability and restlessness. If