Just when you thought your brain could unwind on a Friday, you realise that it would rather be challenged with some good old fashioned medical trivia. The format is starting to take shape – we will be trying to post questions on:
- Rare or eponymous syndromes
- Medical history or biography
- Bizarre and ‘out there’ medical trivia to baffle your colleagues
This week we have an ‘Easter’ feel to the quiz…well sort of
- The Easter Bunny has developed diabetes, and presents severely dehydrated. What is the best site for immediate vascular access?
- The Ears
- Multiple sites may be used for vascular access in rabbits, including the marginal ear veins, central ear artery, jugular vein, cephalic vein and the lateral saphenous vein.
- The ear veins and central ear artery are most tempting for rapid vascular access (readily accessible and requiring minimal restraint)
- However, care needs to taken to avoid haematoma formation and pinnal necrosis.
- To avoid trauma, I prefer to use the central ear artery and a 26 gauge needle on a TB syringe while stabilizing the ear. Pressure needs to be applied afterward to prevent haematoma formation.
- To cure which common complaint might you hang the beak of a magpie around your neck?
- With all the chocolate being consumed, and all the dentists closed it is only befitting that we elude to some common charms and prayer that can relieve your Easter suffering….
- Other recorded charms to cure toothache include:
- “Some say that the beak of a magpie hung from the neck cures pain in the teeth and the uvula and the quinsy”
- “To hang round the neck a root of mouse-ear hawkweed” (Rosa Anglica, p. 153, recto. col. ii)
- “Whoever shall say a prayer in honour of St. Appollonia, Virgin, shall have no pain in his teeth on the day of the prayer” (Gaddesden)
- “If the many-footed worm which rolls up into a ball when you touch it is pricked with a needle and the aching tooth then touched with the needle, the pain will be eased
- If you wanted to go to sleep for three days, what fish might you ingest on the Friday?
- Fugu (河豚 or フグ)
- The puffer fish is a delicacy in Japan. Only small amounts of the fish are edible and preparation is extremely difficult. Only highly trained chefs can remove the organs which produce tetradotoxin (TTX).
- In Haiti, zombification is a punishment for severe crimes. Coupe poudre is the powder used by a bokur to induce zombification. The active ingredient of coupe poudre is tetradotoxin (TTX), produced in the liver and ovaries of some species of puffer fish (e.g. Fugu rubripes).
- TTX is a neurotoxin 500 times more potent than cyanide. It acts by blocking the sodium ion channels which enable nerve and heart cells to produce electrical impulses. In miniscule doses TTX causes a near-death state in which metabolic functions are depressed, so that breathing and pulse rate are undetectable. Total paralysis follows, although the brain and senses remain intact.
- The victim is thought to be dead and is buried alive.
- What is acnestis?
- Lounging around on your long weekend, you have to have something to complain about…right?
- Acnestis: that part of the body where one cannot reach to scratch
- Situated between the shoulder blades and the loin and applicable to quadrupeds
- From Greek aknestis (spine), from Ancient Greek knestis (spine, cheese-grater).
In what has to be the longest post-election season in living memory, the last five months have felt like an acnestis upon our collective soul; like that little patch of skin on our backs that we just can’t reach to scratch ourselves. It’s irritating. It’s annoying. It’s left us reaching and spinning around in circles – New Straits Times (Malaysia); Aug 5, 2008.
- Which part of the chocolate Easter Bunny is eaten first?:
- The Ears
- Rigorous research confirms (and etiquette dictates) the ears are more commonly eaten first in 67-86% of cases
- Some Reference Polls: The Eascapist poll, SeriousEats,