Health & Spirit

Foaming at the Eye

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The patient sat there looking ill and asked, "'Flu?"

To which the doctor replied, ''No, I drove in"


"The word 'aerobics' comes from two Greek words: 'aero,' meaning 'ability to,' and 'bics,' meaning 'withstand tremendous boredom.'"?

Humorist Dave Barry

Medical History

This week in 1928, the "iron lung" was used by its first patient, a young girl at the Children's Hospital in Boston. It was an artificial respirator that enabled her to breathe despite being paralyzed by polio. The negative pressure ventilator was invented by a young Harvard doctor, Philip Drinker, and became widely used. From the neck down, a patient's body lay in a sealed galvanized iron box. The three-foot by seven-foot, 700-pound apparatus was powered by two household vacuum cleaners. As air was pumped out of the metal box, the patient's lungs drew in air, which was expelled as the air pump cycle next increased pressure in a cycle mimicking normal breathing rate.

Self Exam

Q: Why do women seem to always feel colder than men?

A: Reality is too variable to make this statement with any absolute certainty. Women do, typically, have a higher percentage of body fat, which conserves heat. But its function is primarily to keep vital internal organs warm. The extra fat usually does nothing for extremities. There is some research to suggest women have a lower threshold for cold than men. Exposed to the same freezing temperature, the blood vessels in women's fingers constrict more than men's. And when your hands and feet feel cold, so does the rest of your body.

Curtain Calls

Thomas Urquhart, a Scottish aristocrat, polymath and first translator of Rabelais into English, is said to have literally died laughing in 1660 upon hearing that Charles II had taken the throne.

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