I'm doing an archive binge of a paper comic "The Kiekeboes". One of the characters is an elderly woman currently at the doctor, and she says the has the following illnesses:
- Erythema Exsudativum Multiforme;
- Necrobiosis Lipoïdica;
- Phlegmasia Alba Dolens;
- and Metropathia Haemorrhagica.
now, I googled these, and these are apparently real diseases (which actually makes sense, since she said she found them in her medical dictionary), namely 3 skin diseases and 1 menstruation problem. However, I find it hard to believe an elderly woman could have 3 different skin diseases and a menstrual disorder at the same time, especially since she already stopped menstruating.
Is it possible for a patient to have all 4 of these illnesses at the same time? Or do the causes interfere with each other too much for that? I don't want to know how to cure it, I just wonder how much they're talking out of their anuses.
Image I just took with my camera:
Kiekeboe 21: the Piri-Piri Pills, Page 17, strip 30. Author: Merho. Publisher: J.Hoste NV (currently part of Standaard Uitgeverij). Picture taken by Nate Kerkhofs on 16 september 2014.
It is in Dutch, but the names of the illenesses are clearly readable (since they're Latin anyway).
The doctor asks "what are you here for, madame? a cold, reumathism, headache?" right before this. The woman answers "no, doctor, I'm struggling with ... and also ... not to mention ... and a really annoying .... The doctor then replies "but madame, where did you get all those illnesses?" the woman replies "in my medical encyclopaedia!".