Psychotic security guards figure heavily in this week’s Improbable Research podcast.
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This week, Marc Abrahams tells about:
- Psychotic security guards. (Silva, J. A., G. B. Leong, and R. Weinstock (1993). ‘The Psychotic Patient as Security Guard.’ Journal of Forensic Sciences 38 (6): 1436–40.)
- Extracting the wrong tooth. (“The Case of the Wrong Tooth,” Laurance Jerrold and Mary Romeo, American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, vol. 100, no. 4, October 1991, pp. 376–81. / “Ethics Case Analysis: The Extraction of the Wrong Tooth,” Gary Chiodo, Susan Tolle, and Laurance Jerrold, American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, vol. 114, no. 6, 1998, pp. 721–3. / “Effectiveness of an Educational Program in Reducing the Incidence of Wrong-Site Tooth Extraction,” Hao-Hueng Chang, Jang-Jaer Lee, Shih-Jung Cheng, Puo-Jen Yang, Liang-Jiunn Hahn, Ying-Shiung Kuo, Wan-Hong Lan, and Sang-Heng Kok, Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology, and Endodontology, vol. 98, no. 3, 2004, pp. 288–94. / “Wrong Tooth Extraction: Root Cause Analysis,” Oren Peleg, Navot Givot, Tali Halamish-Shani, and Shlomo Taicher, Quintessence International, vol. 41, no. 10, November–December 2010, pp. 869–72. / “Experience of Wrong-Site Tooth Extraction Among Nigerian Dentists,” Wasiu L. Adeyemo, Olabisi H. Oderinu, Akanbi C.O. Olojede, Azeez A. Fashina., and Adeshina O.S. Ayodele, Saudi Dental Journal, vol. 23, no. 3, 2011, pp.153–6.)
- Journeys of toothbrushes. (“The Swallowing of a Full-Sized Toothbrush: Report of a Case from the Los Angeles General Hospital,” C.A. Johnson, California and Western Medicine, vol. 26, no. 2, 1927, pp. 210. / “Toothbrush Swallowing,” Allan D. Kirk, Bert A. Bowers, Joseph A. Moylan, and William C. Meyers, Archives of Surgery, vol. 123, 1988, pp. 382–4. / “Inadvertent Swallowing of Toothbrush,” Dinesh Lal, New Zealand Medical Journal, vol. 123, no. 1321, 2010, pp. 69–70.)
- Gravely mistaken. (Kelso, William M. (2006). Jamestown – The Buried Truth. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press.)
- Improbable medical review. (“The Tooth Fairy and Malpractice,” Sian Ludman, Hamid Daya, Polly S. Richards, and Adam Fox, BMJ, 2012, p. 345. / “The Odor Emitted From Dental Floss Used on Flossed and Non-Flossed Teeth for a One Week Time Period,” F.J. Ceravolo and A. Baumhammers, Periodontal Abstracts, vol. 21, no. 4, Winter 1973, pp. 155–8. / “Toothpick Perforation of a Colon Diverticulum: An Adjunct Autopsy Finding,” Glenn W. Wilcher, Medicine, Science and the Law, vol. 50, no. 3, July 2010, pp. 156–8. / “An Adventurous Habit of Bottle-Cap Opening Resulting in an Endodontic-Periodontal Lesion: A Case Report,” Deepa Ponnaiyan, K. Mahalinga Bhat, and G. Subraya Bhat, Quintessence International, vol. 40, no. 6, June 2009, pp. 449–51. / “Elevation of One Eye During Tooth Brushing,” Irene Gottlob, Sunila Jain, and Elizabeth C. Engle, American Journal of Ophthalmology, vol. 134, no. 3, September 2002, pp. 459–60. / “Extraction of a Grossly Decayed Tooth Without Local Anesthesia but with Audio Analgesia: A Case Report,” Manish Bhagania and Anirudha Agnihotry, Music and Medicine, vol. 3 no. 4, October 2011, pp. NP1–3.)
- The Ham Sandwich Theorem. (Byrnes, Graham, Grant Cairns, and Barry Jessup (2001). ‘Leftovers from the Ham Sandwich Theorem.’ American Mathematical Monthly 108 (3): 246–49. / Beyer, W. A., and Andrew Zardecki (2004). ‘The Early History of the Ham Sandwich Theorem.’ American Mathematical Monthly 111 (1): 58–61.)
- Improbable sex. (“Effects of Coitus on Nasal Temperature,” N.D. Fabricant, Fertility and Sterility, vol. 11, March 1960, pp. 195–19. / “Feelings of Regret Following Uncommitted Sexual Encounters in Canadian University Students,” Maryanne L. Fisher, Kerry Worth, Justin R. Garcia, and Tami Meredith, Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol. 14, no. 1, 2012, pp. 45-57. / “Postcoital Visual Loss Due to Valsalva Retinopathy,” Michaels, Luke, Naing Latt Tint, and Philip Alexander, BMJ Case Reports, epub October 23, 2014.)
Featuring dramatic readings by psychologist Jean Berko Gleason.
The mysterious John Schedler did the sound engineering this week.
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