As the saying
goes, "everybody lies." People lie about anything and everything
under the sun, and they are likely to lie to anyone and everyone under
the sun. Some social scientists have found that deception - and self-deception
- may be part of the core that allows people to maintain their social
natures, but that doesn't mean that lying should be applied to everything.
The fact is, people will lie for a wide range of reasons, and more often
than not, people will attempt to lie to their doctors.
Lying to one's
doctors about certain things isn't something new. Hippocrates, the man
considered to be the father of modern medicine, was quite aware that
his patients were likely to lie to him, and would often measure their
pulse rates to check for truthfulness in the statements they made. Doctors
in the modern world still have to deal with patients who lie, and many
suspect that what patients lie about has not changed much over the ages.
The modern medical practitioner can expect to be lied to about things
like overindulging in alcoholic substances, eating questionable amounts
of junk food, smoking, illegal drug use, unprotected sex, and other