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Anatomy of a Doctor Infographic

Anatomy of a Doctor Infographic


This infographic, in a nutshell, tells you that it takes your whole life to become a doctor – but in a good way.  It shows the development of the brain, salaries of doctors compared to other professions, gender roles, stress, reward, and the top 20 countries by the number of doctors they have.  Along the left side, there is a timeline of ages, telling you at what age you complete certain stages you go through to become a doctor.  We’ll split the review and overview into the first sections we mentioned, and then explain the timeline.

Left Brain vs. Right Brain

The left brain helps a doctor make decisions, including suggestions for treatment, diagnoses, and problem solving, as well as remembering codes and drug information.  The left brain helps a doctor stay on schedule, understand medical charts and test results, and give patients advice about preventative healthcare, diet, and hygiene.

The right brain helps the doctor with bedside manner, allowing him or her to be personable and charismatic.  It also helps the doctor with coping skills, since he or she will deal with death, illness, and injuries.  The right brain equips the doctor with emergency handling skills, helps the doctor recognize human anatomy, deal with a chaotic working environment, and allows the doctor to feel empathy for his or her patient.

Salary vs. Jobs in the U.S.A.

This graph shows the salary and amount of jobs for certain professions in the year 2008.  In that year, there were 661,400 physicians and surgeons, with a median salary of $186,044.  Conversely, there were 1,700,000 professors with a median salary of $58,830.  Several other occupations are listed.

Gender Roles

Colon and Rectal surgery is a growing field for female doctors because surgeries can be scheduled in advance, allowing for flexible scheduling and a work/life balance.  In 2007, 31% of colon and rectal surgeons were females under the age of 35.  12% were females between the ages of 45 and 54, and 3% were females between the ages of 55-64, making females of any age 45% of colon and rectal surgeons.  Today, 40% of doctors are women, and it is estimated that within 8 years, female doctors will outnumber male doctors.


43% of physicians and surgeons work more than 50 hours per week.  17% of doctors leave medicine in the middle of their careers.  36% of surgeons feel they have no family time, yet 51% would want their children to follow in their footsteps, career-wise.  Must be the money.


Helping people can be the greatest reward.  High-paying job aside, doctors are able to help people in ways that other people can’t, by healing.  They can remove tumors, fix organs, and help people recover from grave injuries and illnesses.

Top 20 Countries by Number of Physicians

China has the most physicians at over 1.8 million.  The U.S. comes in next with 730,801 physicians.  The order then goes to India, then to Russia, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Ukraine, Spain, U.K., Pakistan, Turkey, Argentina, Philippines, Poland, and Korea.

The Timeline

When you’re a child, you wean, and maybe start playing doctor.  Once you’re in school, you start dreaming of someday becoming a doctor.  You study biology, chemistry, physics, math, and English and you try to excel at all of the subjects.    While you’re in college, you take classes and study for the MCAT.  Then you go on to medical school, around age 23, and spend 4 years there “living off Top Ramen and wondering if it’s still worth it.”  At around 27 years old, you start your 3-8 of residency training and internships, and around age 35 you become a “real doctor.”


Design:  A

It’s clean, the colors are nice, and the typeface is easy to read.  The graphics are easy to understand, and it’s overall a very good-looking infographic.

Information:  A-

I would have liked to have seen more recent data than 2008, but it’s not always available.  I would have also liked some statistics regarding the “reward” section as it seems a little subjective.  Maybe a little graph that shows what a sample number of doctors rate as their favorite thing about their job, or something.

Source:  Anatomy of a Doctor Infographic by rn to msn

Doctor’s Tech Toolbox Infographic

Doctor’s Tech Toolbox Infographic


This infographic talks about modernization of health IT systems, and how $19 billion was allocated to expedite the health IT systems under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  It goes on to talk about spending technology-wise, and how technology is being used in the healthcare system.  It is not only an interesting bit of information about the healthcare system, but an interesting look at what types of gadgets doctors prefer to do their jobs.  The infographic informs us that US hospital spending on IT systems will be $4.7 billion by the end of this year, and will grow to $6.8 billion by the end of 2014.

The Gadgets

The majority of doctors prefer an iPad.  It doesn’t really say what the doctors use the iPads for, and I’m going to go ahead and assume it’s for work.  79% prefer the iPad.  75% of US physicians have purchased an Apple-based product, and that 38% of doctors plan to buy an iPad within a year.  Some of this must be for personal use, considering the next bit of information.

At the Point of Care

This tells us that 40% of physicians use a digital device at the point of care.  So of those 75% of physicians who have bought an iPad… Oh well.  2 in 5 doctors go online during a consultation, often on a handheld device.  The information accessed is usually drug reference, online journals, disease associations, or support groups for patients.

The Convenience of Mobile

This tells you something.  63% of the physicians are using a mobile device that is not supported by their practice in order to find mobile health solutions.  94% of physicians use consulting apps.  I suppose some practices provide mobile devices for their doctors.  The top three things physicians are interested in using mobile technology for are:  electronic medical records, prescriptions, and hospital monitoring of patients.  Mobile monitoring devices are expected to rise in demand – from a $7.7 billion dollar spend to $43 billion in 2011.  43% of the medical apps created are specifically made for health professionals.

Apps for Doctors and Nurses

This gives a brief description of 4 different apps that are used by medical professionals.  They include something that lets you look at the heart from any angle, and something that lets doctors take up-close photos of a patient’s skin.

Social Media

2/3 of physicians are using social media in their profession.  In the social media word, there are 1,188 hospitals, 548 YouTube Channels, 1018 Facebook pages, 788 Twitter accounts, 458 LinkedIn accounts, 913 FourSquare accounts, and 137 blogs.  50% of all doctors say they are influenced by user-generated content.

Design:  B+

The colors are a bit dull, but the graphics are good and the type is easy to read.

Information:  A

All very useful information about how social media and technology are changing healthcare.

Source:  Spina bifida at spinabifidainfo.com


Human Growth Hormone – An Anti-Aging Miracle?

Human Growth Hormone – An Anti-Aging Miracle?


This infographic is about human growth hormone.  I found myself quite interested in it, because I have no idea uses HGH has, and I was excited to learn something new.  You learn a lot by looking at infographics.  The internet is a wealth of information, if you know how to separate the wheat from the chaff.  Not to say that this is chaff.  I am still learning about it.  But I digress…

What is HGH?

They start out by telling you what HGH is – a group of amino acids that increase the level of growth hormone found in the pituitary gland.  They go on to say that there is a connection between the human growth hormone and again.  They tell us, in a little side bit, that the pituitary gland produces IGF-1, or growth hormone 1.  Good to know, but I am still not clear on what HGH does in regards to aging.


They tell you that HUH declines significantly with age – from age 20 to age 60 it falls 80%.  Then they talk about “users” of HGH, but they don’t go into WHAT it is used for and HOW it is used, only WHO uses it.  Do they mean “using” in their pituitary gland produces it naturally, or that they take more of it as a supplement?  I guess they mean taking it in, since they discuss prescriptions.  They say that most HGH prescriptions go to people over the age of 20, and that the majority of users are between ages 40 and 60.


They start out this section talking about the affects of HGH deficiency, how it negatively impacts vital organ function and that HGH supplementation increase quality of life and makes the user feel younger.  They break it into sections, talking about HGH to help those with stunted growth reach a taller adult height, and how HGH is commonly used on children with below-average height.  They talk about athletes who use HGH, saying that they perform better, and that in conjunction with testosterone, HGH dramatically increases performance.  They talk about HGH for older people, and how it can increase muscle mass and decrease fat.  They claim “this shift in body composition is the same as turning back the clock 10 to 20 years.”

Cost and Forms

There are many different ways of administering HGH, including injection, oral spray, nasal spray, and pills, and that of the $622 million spent on HGH in 2004, injection is the most expensive form to receive HGH.  The least expensive is the oral spray.  I wonder what that tastes like.

Other Uses and the FDA

The infographic also states that HGH deficiency can be a factor in depression, and that some of the 16% of the US population affected by depression could benefit from this type of treatment.  So far, only the expensive injection is FDA-approved, and usually only to very short children, though that’s interesting considering the earlier information that most uses are over the age of 20.  Are doctors prescribing something that is not FDA-approved, or are users getting HGH from a non-medical source?  The infographic does not address that.

Design:  B+

It’s very clever that they made the background green like a leaf – it brings to mind nature, health, and wellness.  I do think the section where they showed a bunch of stick figures and greened out the ones that represented the 16% of depressed Americans was a filler sections, but oh well.

Information:  B?

I don’t know.  Is this stuff safe to use?  I didn’t know about all the different forms of HGH, or the statistics on who takes it, or how much it costs, or the benefits, but the source information comes from non-government sites, so I wonder what I would find if I searched a government site to find out more.  But, that aside, the information provided was well-executed.

Source:  HGH and Human growth hormone

Depressing Statistics About Anti-Depressants Infographic

Depressing Statistics About Anti-Depressants Infographic

Depressing Antidepressants

Depression hurts, or so they say.  We all say, actually, because if you haven’t been depressed yourself, odds are someone close to you has.  If you go to a doctor nowadays, mention that you’re depressed, and wait about thirty seconds, he or she will have his prescription pad out to write you a prescription for one of the drugs mentioned in this infographic.  Who knows if that drug will work for you, or if your body will have an adverse reaction to said drug?  It’s a crapshoot, and far too many doctors are quick to dole out pills instead of trying to get to the root of a problem.  It goes beyond depression, and into every other type of ailment you can imagine.  Whatever is wrong with you, they’ve got a pill for it, but, like this infographic says, the medicine can be worse than the ailment itself.  But I digress…

The information given in this infographic is:  who is at higher risk for depression, the drugs prescribed for depression and other mental illnesses, statistics on the use of antidepressants, the levels of depressions, the symptoms of depression, and the side effects of antidepressants.

Who Is At Higher Risk for Depression?

The top of the infographic features a picture of a sad woman, and tells us that 60% of depressed Americans are women, and that woman between 45-64 are at the highest risk for depression.  Also, multiple races and previously married or divorced women are at a higher risk for depression.  To the left of this information, there is a paragraph on the types of antidepressants that are usually prescribed, and how they might be bad for people.  The background color is a somber blue/gray, and the sad lady looks really sad.  The facts about those at a higher risk for depression are sort of coming out of different parts of the lady’s head, which is a little odd, but it works alright.  The type is very small, which is not always good for an infographic.


This section of the infographic is probably the best, visually.  It shows a line drawing of each of the medicines most commonly prescribed, has a graphic for each that shows the percentage rating of the drug, and there is a small description of each drug underneath the little picture.

Depression Levels, Depression Symptoms, and Statistics on the Effectiveness of Antidepressants

That heading is so long and confusing for a reason.  The depression levels and depression symptoms should have come before the breakdown of the different types of drugs prescribed, so that once the drugs were broken down, the reader would already know the symptoms and levels of depression.  I know why they did it they way they did, and it is because they made a symbol for each symptom, and they used those same symbols with the drug side effect section in order to drive the point home that the side effects of the drugs can behave in the same way as the symptoms of the disease.  Visually, I suppose they wanted those two sections to be close to one another, so that the viewer could see them in one glance, but I don’t know how much that visual trumps the importance of organization.

Side Effects

As I mentioned before, the little images used for the symptoms of depression match the side effect images, which is a great visual tool.  Sure enough, the side effects of antidepressants are VERY similar to the symptoms.

Design:  C

While I think there were some great ideas here, I think that the organization of the information should not be sacrificed for a cool visual idea.  There had to have been some way to implement the cool visual idea AND organize the information better.

Information:  A+

This offered so much good information on the negative points of antidepressants that once the organization issue is addressed, it should probably hang on the wall of every doctor’s office.  People trust their doctors to prescribe drugs that help, and these can, clearly, hurt you.

VIA: ADrugRecall




What to be a Nurse? Infographic

What to be a Nurse? Infographic

This infographic hits close to home. No, I’m not a nurse and I don’t play one on TV, but I wife is a nurse, both in the operating room and in the office so I have seen what the field of nursing can bring to someone’s life. It brings a great sense of fulfillment, but can also bring high stress and a lot of anxiety. It is a tough job and you can burn out if you aren’t careful. Other than teachers, I can’t think of many jobs where people are as underpaid as nurses, but I digress…

“Hello Nurse” takes a graphic look at what it’s like to be a nurse and what it takes to become one. It starts out at the top of the infographic with a very clever idea, a decision flow chart which asks questions to help you make your choice about about possible becoming a nurse. Of course it’s simplistic, it is an infographic after all but I respect the idea and with the space they have, the designer did a nice job fitting in a lot of questions that many people considering nursing would probably want answers to.

More helpful information about where nurses work (mostly hospitals and doctor’s offices), where potential growth is in the field of nursing, what type of tasks nurses perform and my favorite, where are nurses happiest in their chosen lie of work, are all found in this infographic on nursing. Nurses are happiest, surprisingly so, educating other nurses, not dealing with patients, but that is a close second.

And women still dominate the profession of nursing: there are 19 women for every one male nurse. Sounds like a great career to meet women with similar interests to me.

I’m not sure about the color palette, or lack of a color palette. The designer has chosen a primarily black and white theme, which is odd considering this is a visual medium and information usually does better when colors are used. Color helps keep interest and can act as a guide. Using only shades of gray doesn’t call anything out and gives it a “government flavor,” which isn’t a good thing. The only color exists at the top and the color images used are a bit confusing. Nurse can’t prescribe medicine for the most part, rarely give shots and don’t doctors and bank tellers give out lollipops? The choice of typeface is excellent. A condensed font that allows for good readability. The font also takes of up less space to allow a natural amount of white space for the eye to follow the decision flow chart.

The information is healthy and robust, but the graphic design could use a few days in the design hospital.

Design: C+

I felt the black and white palette was cop-out rather than a smart design choice. I did really like the decision flow chart, great idea.

Information: A-

All the really important “black and white” facts for initial consideration for being a nurse. Helpful questions and answers were all relevant to this decision.


Which Prescriptions are Most Marketed to Doctors?

Which Prescriptions are Most Marketed to Doctors?

Infographic Marketed Prescriptions

To quote the infographic, “In the United States, drug companies spend an average of $31.4 billion per year on prescription drug marketing and promotions.” Just reading this should give you pause. If advertising and promotion costs are over $31 billion, imagine the total dollar amount in sales of prescription drugs and medicine. When you start thinking about this staggering dollar amount it makes you wonder about our health care system (USA) in general and how reliant we are upon the prescription drug “cartel.” Prescription drugs are indeed big business and I don’t know if I truly believe they are putting the health of their consumers at the top of their priorities list. I believe the health of their finances supersedes the health of the patients. But I digress, on to the infographic…

Sometimes less is more and in this case I think less really is more. The color scheme is kept to the basics of blue and orange. Shades of blue and gray dominate the infographic but without being heavy-handed. The blue color choice is wise as blue speaks to health and medical themes. Orange is a natural choice as a second color as it contrasts well with the blue in the theme and adds a visual punch that calls out certain data and information without being overly flashy. The bar graphs and pie charts are standard fare for infographics and don’t take away from the infographic, but also don’t add much in terms of visual interest. The “people” graphics used are also seen often as the default person representation in a lot of infographics. The typeface used looks to be Helvetica or possibly Arial, but either way it is a safe and bland choice. Easy to read (except when used at a small size), but doesn’t give additional personality to the infographic, which it could use. Finally, the text placed over images could have used more contrast as it is difficult to read, especially the orange colored type.

The data is presented is striking and eye-opening, so I like the topic. The titles are easy to read but I’m not sure what the acronym “DTC” means so some explanation would have been nice. Interesting facts are presented in the Quick Facts section, especially noting that the pharmaceutical industry is the most profitable business in the United States. Sobering facts indeed that point to a populace dependent on prescription medication rather than healthier living.

Design: C+

Nothing is overly bad, but nothing is great either. Safe color, type and graphic choices make this a starter infographic for the beginner. No real big mistakes, but no artistic creativity was pushed either. Solid, if uninspiring effort.

Content B –

The information provided was interesting and made me think about the pharmaceutical industry and its role, positive and negative, in our society. If the data is accurate, it is a little scary. Any time you are made to think, that is a good thing.

Via: Appature and  Appature Nexus


Top 10 U.S. Cities for Plastic Surgery

Top 10 U.S. Cities for Plastic Surgery


You might remember several infographics we have reviewed here about the plastic surgery obsession of our civilization. In the past, we’ve examined plastic surgery addiction in Great Britain as well our society’s desire to emulate celebrities through cosmetic surgery, with statistics that were also compiled in Great Britain. Today, we have a graphic that examines the top cities for plastic surgery right here in the good ol’ USA.

The graphic points that out that the number of cosmetic procedures nationwide continues to increase as more and more and Americans seek to change their bodies so that they can project an image that they believe to be perfect. The year 2010 saw 13.1 million cosmetic procedures across this fine nation. That translates to Americans spending 10 billion dollars a year to “perfect” their bodies. Plastic surgery proves its power versus the economic downturn in the US. It’s booming market proven by the graphic above tells us that vanity for most of us is an not expensive as it may seem.

The graphic ranks the top cities for plastic surgery based on the number of plastic surgeons for every 100,000 people  over the age of 18 per city. Therefore, this ranking is more a “per capita” ranking, and it should also be noted that the rankings are based solely on the number of doctors who specialize in plastic surgery, not the actual number of plastic surgeries per city.

When this type of metric is used, the end result is that Miami is the number one city for plastic surgery and cities that you would expect to rank, like Los Angeles aren’t even in the top ten. Don’t fear though, California has two cities in the top ten: San Fransisco and Sacramento.

Now, I’m willing to bet that if a different metric was used to measure plastic surgery rates, L.A. would definitely have made the list. How could it not? People consider it to be the “plastic surgery capital of the world.”  Could the stereotype be wrong?  Could people really be more into plastic surgery in cities like Baltimore and Louisville than they are in Los Angeles? I suppose so, but I’m skeptical. Now, let’s head over to the grading portion of the graphic and see if it needs a makeover.

Design: A-

I think the design here is interesting on many levels. The facts and figures segment graphic at the bottom of the graphic stands out, and the chart was well-done. The color scheme is also excellent.

Content: B

The content is unique. The makers made a very interesting choice in terms of content to use. I applaud them for that.

This graphic has been provided by Sfcosmeticsurgery.com