Woodruff’s laws

Woodruff’s laws2016-12-09T11:05:35+00:00

Woodruff’s laws

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Definition A droll collection of variations on Murphy’s law as applied to pathology and medicine.

Woodruff’s laws  

1. A specimen (or hospital chart) is lost only if it is important to a physician’s credibility, or if there is a lawsuit pending; if not lost, it will be switched with a specimen, chart or datum from a critically ill patient

2. Intense preparation for a conference ensures its cancellation

3. Problems arise when

a. The only person who can solve them is on vacation or

b. The party responsible is due for contract renewal 

Note: I came across this about 20 years ago. It is one of the very few terms that doesn’t have a reference, as I lost it. If anyone can help…

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