Have a Heart — If You Can Find It

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So this slightly disturbing survey came out yesterday on CNN.com. The medical journal “BMC Family Practice” surveyed 722 Britons (people from England) about where various body organs were located. The participants were shown four body diagrams with the organs depicted in varying sizes and locations in the body. They were then asked to choose which one was correct, organ by organ.
Turns out only 46.5 percent could pinpoint the correct size and location of the heart. That would be the human heart. Not only that, but only 31 percent could identify the lungs, 39 percent could identify the stomach and 32 percent cold find the kidneys. What’s more, 589 of these folks were outpatients in a hospital. The same survey was performed in 1970 and researchers today expected better results thanks to the dawn of the information age. Unfortunately the results were about the same, despite the wonders of the Internet.
And get this, only 75 percent of people being treated for liver disease could locate the liver and 53 percent of diabetics could find the pancreas. Granted, failure to identify organs doesn’t mean you don’t care about your personal health, but it’s not very encouraging.
Lead author Dr. John Weinman spoke with some American colleagues and quoted one as saying that she didn’t feel like folks in the good old U.S.A. would perform much better. “Very many Americans don’t even know where New Jersey is, so how would they know where their pancreas is?”
Well, New Jersey has affectionately been called the “armpit of America” — a body part you can bet nobody would have missed.
Read up or you might look dumb in a survey: How Your Heart Works How Your Lungs Work How Diabetes Works
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