Strawberry scrotum, the doctors’ delight

Doctors are, sometimes, fascinated by scrotums and by strawberries. Studying scrotal symmetry – or its lack – yielded an Ig Nobel prize¬†in 2002. As discussed on this blog previously, the strawberry is used extensively as an analogy in medical practice. The scrotum and strawberry have a lot in common, for example, their distinctive skins. The […]

Eat Powdered Mummies for Good Health [podcast 69]

Nowadays, powdered mummy may not be everyone‚Äôs cup of tea, but for many years it was just what the doctor ordered, as you will hear¬†in¬†this¬†week’s¬†Improbable Research podcast. SUBSCRIBE¬†on¬†Play.it,¬†iTunes, or Spotify to get¬†a new episode¬†every week, free. This week,¬†Marc Abrahams¬† ‚ÄĒ with dramatic readings by Daniel Rosenberg¬†‚ÄĒ tells about: Powdered mummy¬†‚ÄĒ¬† ‚Äė‚ÄúGood Physic but Bad Food‚ÄĚ: […]

‘Culinary terms are used to describe genitals colloquially’

A quartet from Washington and San Francisco writes,¬†in the American Journal of Medicine: ‚ÄúAlthough culinary terms are used to describe genitals colloquially, medical terminology has avoided such comparisons.‚ÄĚ Dr Nicholas Mark and his colleagues¬†survey the medical literature on diagnostic clues in urine, stool, sputum, etc. that ‚ÄĒ in at least some respect ‚ÄĒ resemble drink […]

Cheap quasi-repeat of a dear study of cheap-versus-dear fake medicines

A new, celebrated medical paper echoes the beloved study that long ago earned an¬†Ig Nobel Prize for medicine. The Los Angeles Times summarizes the new study, with the headline: “‘Expensive’ placebos work better than ‘cheap’ ones, study finds“. The new study is: “Placebo effect of medication cost in Parkinson disease,”¬†Alberto J. Espay [pictured here], MD, […]

Medicine is sprinkled with metaphorical crumbs

My colleague Lisa Kipersztok (a final-year medical student at Tufts University) and I¬†(Gwinyai Masukume, at the¬†University of the Witwatersrand) ¬†have collected and arranged¬†a new feast¬†of medical food metaphors. We follow in the footsteps of hungry giants. In the late 1970s Terry and Hanchard in their seminal paper, titled “Gastrology: the use of culinary terms in […]