Time to challenge that cerebral cortex and put on those ‘mental’ dancing shoes as we trip the light fantastic of medical trivia, and lift the latch on the cage of the tiger of tease…so watch out for baboons as you embark on the Funtabulously, Frivolous Friday Five…
- If the patient ‘can’t see, can’t pee or can’t bend the knee,’ what could be wrong with them?
- Reiter’s syndrome
- The classic triad of arthritis, urethritis, and conjunctivitis [Reference]
- What was ‘Compound E‘, isolated in 1941 from the adrenal gland?
- What is the more common name for Charcot laryngeal vertigo?
- Cough syncope [Reference]
- Which common virus was first identified in a town on the Hudson River in New York State?
- Coxsackie virus
- The virus family was discovered by Gilbert Dalldorf in 1948 and later named after the town of Coxsackie, New York where had obtained the first faecal specimens.
What metabolic disease was once treated with a bituminous medication contaiing silica and benoates from the Himalayas?
- Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetes mellitus has been known by physicians for nearly 3,500 years in ancient Egypt. The papyrus contains descriptions of various diseases, among them is a polyuric syndrome, presumably diabetes. The Egyptians suggested various remedies to this syndrome including a decoction of bowes, wheat and earth.
The Verdic medical treatises from ancient India described, in detail, diabetes like conditions of 2 types: Congenital and late onset and the Indians noticed the relation of diabetes to heredity, obesity, sedentary life and diet. They suggested the freshly harvested cereals and bituminous preparations containing benzoates and silica as a remedy for diabetes. [Reference]
…and remember kids
…Stop, think, live, love, embrace life…rejoice in the gifts we are given