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)