As part of a literature search that I was conducting for a clinician, I came across an editorial in a medical journal which referenced a scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The title of the editorial is What is the Airspeed Velocity of an Unladen Swallow? and it discusses the importance of defining something that you want to measure so that you can measure it. This got me wondering if there were any other references to Monty Python in the medical literature. A quick search of PubMed turned up a couple of articles: one which uses a sketch from the TV show Monty Python’s Flying Circus as an example of “inattentional blindness”, and another which talks about the importance of communication skills by referring to the famous “dead parrot” sketch from And Now For Something Completely Different.
And in case you were wondering, I didn’t send the editorial to the clinician, as it wasn’t especially relevant to their search. It only came up as a “similar article” for an article which was relevant.