Three Stooges syndromeJoe Segen2016-12-09T08:43:17+00:00
Three Stooges syndrome
The Three Stooges
A popular term for the syndrome suffered by Mr. Montgomery Burns on the long-running animated sitcom, The Simpsons, who is so old and frail, and has so many diseases trying to kill him at the same time, that they’re kept in
check, not unlike The Three Stooges* trying, unsuccessfully, to get through a door at the same time.
*A comedy act of the mid-20th century.
In a clear case of art imitating life, clinicians often treat patients with multiple advanced morbid conditions–e.g., coronary artery disease, peripheral vasculopathy, obesity, malignant hypertension, brittle diabetes, whose prolonged survival defies conventional logic. Perhaps the best explanation for multi-problem patient longevity is The Three Stooges syndrome.