Bizarre, weird, and wonderful medical tales
I’ve accidentally collected some odd links over the past few weeks, and what else to do but share them?
If you are looking for things to put in your curio, check out “Radio Guy’s” virtual museum of weird medical devices.
Rather than a collecter, are you more of a diagnostician and into House’s brand of rare and strange conditions? You might like reading about the Top 10 Strange Medical Anomalies. From Proteus Syndrome to Progeria, they sure have picked some odd ones.
Maybe you’ve never heard of it, but part of “medical student (or resident) syndrome” is that we diagnose ourselves at some point with many of the diseases we read about. I am proud to say, I have not once considered that I have Jumping Frenchmen of Maine Syndrome. This disorder – consisting mainly of an increased startle response – was first discovered in Quebecois lumberjacks in the 1800s. If that tickles your dopamine receptors, The Science Channel actually maintains a list of the top 10 little-known mental disorders.
It’s hard to tell whether some of the medical conditions listed by Oddee are a blessing or a curse; Permanent Sexual Arousal Syndrome, hyperthymestic syndrome, and not feeling cold (like the Iceman) have got to have their perks! Okay, probably not for long. Cancer sucks (a gross litotes, I know) but one cancer survivor could be a superspy, thanks to having their fingerprints erased by chemotherapy.
More of a miracle-lover? Take the baby that gestated in the capsule of the liver, a guy who survived a survival knife being rammed into his brain, and the person whose , for starters. Oddee helps us out again with their 10 Most Fascinating Medical Miracles.
Are any of these things true? I don’t know. But not a week goes by in our hospital without something remarkably odd happening. Whether it’s ducking doughnuts lobbed at me by a certain 1st floor patient with dementia, brushing off sexual advances from a psychotic admit, or hearing about a patient shooting at security guards with a pellet gun, life at the Regional is never normal. Thank goodness for laughter.