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Self Exam

Q: How many organs are there in the human body, and how many are considered "vital?"

A: It's widely believed that there are 79 organs, though there is some debate about what constitutes an "organ." Definitions vary. Five are considered vital and essential to survival: brain, heart, kidneys, liver and lungs.

Medical Myths

There is no persuasive empirical evidence that babies get fevers when they teethe, which is almost invariably the immune response to an infection. If a baby is feverish and unresponsive to standard treatment, see a pediatrician immediately.

 

Last words

"Here am I, dying of a hundred good symptoms."

--English poet and writer Alexander Pope, (1688-1744)

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