Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 037

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…

Question 1

  • What metabolic disorder could Hannibal Lecter not possibly have had?

  • Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency
  • Hanibal Lecter had a ‘liking for liver with Fava beans!’

A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti

Question 2

  • Castration was proposed in ancient greece as a cure for which joint condition?

  • Gout
  • Roman physicians recommended castration for the treatment of leprosy and epilepsy
  • In Ancient Greece and later in the seventeenth century it was practised to cure gout and dementia

Question 3

  • What did Brown-Sequard repeatedly inject himself at the age of 72, in order to rejuventae himself?

  • Extracts of the testes of guinea-pigs

The day after the first subcutaneous injection, and still more after the two succeeding ones, a radical change took place in me . . . I had regained at least all the strength I possessed a good many years ago . . . My limbs, tested with a dynamometer, for a week before my trial and during the month following the first injection, showed a decided gain of strength . . . I have had a greater improvement with regard to the expulsion of fecal matters than in any other function . . . With regard to the facility of intellectual labour, which had diminished within the last few years, a return to my previous ordinary condition became quite manifest.

  • Brown-Séquard CE. Note on the effects produced on man by subcutaneous injections of a liquid obtained from the testicles of animals. Lancet 1889; 2: 105-107. [Reference]

Question 4

  • What was the probable cause of the deadly disease afflicting Greek soldiers at the Battle of Troy?

  • Glanders
  • Glanders has also been known as Equinia, Farcy and Malleus.
  • Associated with Gram-negative, aerobic bacillus, non-motile, non-spore-forming…known variably as Burkholderia mallei, Pseudomonas mallei,Malleomyces mallei, Actinomyces mallei
  • Glanders is a disease of horses and their relatives (known collectively as Equidae.) Although the disease affects many other mammals, the only reservoir of the disease is the horse.
  • Glanders is an ancient disease and has probably been known to man since horses were first domesticated. The disease is mentioned in passing in Shakespeare (The Taming of the Shrew) and in Dumas (The Three Musketeers) indicating that it had become part of the fabric of everyday life before horsepower came from the internal combustion engine. [Reference]


Question 5

  • Why would someone climbing Mt. Everest develop an Osborn wave?

  • Hypothermia.
  • Osborn waves, also known as J waves, camel-hump waves, or hypothermic waves, are best seen in the inferior and lateral precordial leads. They become more prominent as the body temperature decreases, and they resolve gradually with rewarming [Reference]

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