Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 011

Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 011

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

Question 1

What hereditary condition is associated with urinary odour of swimming pools?

Question 2

What do the French call a Smiths fracture?

  • Goyrand Fracture
  • So named after the prominent French surgeon Jean-Gaspar-Blaise Goyrand (1803–1866) who clarified the anatomy of the many varieties of fractures of the distal radius.
  • The French have alternative names for other eponymous fractures
    • Pouteau fracture is the name used in France for a Colles fracture. Named after Claude Pouteau (1725–1775) the famous French  lithotomist
Goyrand Fracture

Goyrand Fracture

Question 3

Who wrote,

All things are poison and nothing is without poison, only the dose permits something not to be poisonous.

  • Paracelsus
  • Paracelsus (born Phillippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, 11 November or 17 December 1493 in Einsiedeln, Switzerland – died, 24 September 1541 in Salzburg, Austria)
  • Paracelsuswas a Renaissance physician, botanist, alchemist, astrologer, and general occultist and widely accepted as the Father of Toxicology.


Question 4

How did the James Bond villain Dr. No survive a shot to the chest?

  • He had dextrocardia
  • The wound would have penetrated his heart, except that he had dextrocardia.
    [Reference: Common Chest X-ray findings]


Question 5

Name an ocular complication of bungee jumping?

  • Retinal detachment

Retinal detachment [NEJM

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis

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  1. says

    Dr No had dextrocardia, and Scaramanga had an extra nipple. Robert Carlyle’s arch baddie had a time bomb in his head. Ian Fleming had an interesting take on his bad guys.