- The Mad Hatter due to mercury exposure.
- Common symptoms include irritability, low self-confidence, depression, apathy, shyness, personality changes, memory loss and delirium.
- The connection between the Mad Hatter in Lewis Carroll’s Alice and Wonderland and erethism is unclear, and a mere speculation however, the character was almost certainly based on Theophilus Carter, an eccentric furniture dealer who was well known to Carroll. [Reference]
- Insulin injection
- On January 11, 1922, at 14 years of age in Toronto he received his first injection but due to impurities he had an allergic reaction. James Collip worked for a further 12 days to refine the canine insulin and successfully delivered a second injection.
- Thompson showed signs of improved health and went on to live 13 more years taking doses of insulin, eventually dying of pneumonia at age 27 [Reference]
- The Fountains Abbey in Paddington was frequented by Alexander Flemming and was across the road from his laboratory. The pub claims spores from the ale house drifted through the window onto Flemming’s culture dishes. [Reference]
- Nee-sayers claim Flemming rarely opened the window and it was probably a contaminant from someones lab coat. I think a personal visit might be in order to discover the truth.
Which psychiatric hospital in the UK gave rise to the word ‘Bedlam’?
- Bethlem Royal Hospital
- Europes oldest extant psychiatric hospital and the source of many horror stories, TV shows and films. [Reference]
- Research found selfie deaths are on the rise:
- 15 selfie-takers died in 2014
- 39 in 2015
- 73 died in the first eight months of 2016
- Fortunately a US team is developing an app to warn people they are taking too high a risk during their selfie attempt. It’s good to know as I come to the end of my training I still have job security. [Reference]