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 word trivia is derived from the Latin word trivium which means tri-three, via -way, i.e. where three ways meet namely grammar, rhetoric and logic. So sit back, relax and see how much trivia you can dig out of that noggin.
What is Melkersonn’s Syndrome?
- Melkersson’s Syndrome or Melkersson–Rosenthal syndrome
- Rare familial neurological disorder characterized by recurrent facial paralysis, swelling of the face and lips (usually the upper lip), and the development of folds and furrows in the tongue.
- 1901 Grigorii Ivanovich Rossolimo first made reference to the triad of symptoms in a woman suffering from migraine
- 1928 Ernst Gustaf Melkersson reported an association between recurrent facial paralysis and angioneurotic oedema
- 1930 Curt Rosenthal added lingua plicata (hypertrophy and fissuring of the tongue) to complete the triad of features
In the 1970’s what caused disco felon?
Which poison killed the Bulgarian dissident writer Georgi Markov?
- Ricin – injected via an umbrella pellet gun on Thursday, September 7th, 1978 at 1.30pm at the south end of Waterloo Bridge, London.
- Ricin is a ribosome-inactivating protein found in castor beans (Ricinus communis).
- Ricin is a toxin that is fatal to humans in extremely small doses. The lethal dose for Ricin is 1 milligram (inhaled or ingested) and 500 micrograms (intravenous).
From what animals do cats catch cowpox?
- Cats get cowpox infections by being bitten by voles and wood mice.
- Infected cats do not usually manifest any signs or symptoms of the disease.
- Transmission to humans is rare.
With what nerve gas were commuters poisoned on the underground train system in Tokyo in 1995?
- Subway Sarin Incident (地下鉄サリン事件, Chikatetsu Sarin Jiken)
- Sarin is a nerve agent first produced by German scientists in 1938
- Sarin is a colourless, odourless gas with a lethal dose of just 0.5mg for an adult human (or 0.01mg/kg of body weight)