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Lawyer: "So, when you signed the death certificate, you weren't actually sure he was dead, were you?"

Pathologist: "Well, let me put it this way. The man's brain was sitting in a jar on my desk, but I guess it's possible he could be out there practicing law somewhere."


"Refuse to be ill. Never tell people you are ill; never own it to yourself. Illness is one of those things which a man should resist on principle at the onset."

--English writer Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1837), who is best remembered for phrases like "the great unwashed, pursuit of the almighty dollar, the pen is mightier than the sword," and the opening line of his novel "Paul Clifford": It was a dark and stormy night.

Medical History

This week in 1832, Thomas Hodgkin, a 34-year-old physician, delivered a paper to the Medical and Surgical Society in London. Since he wasn't a member, the Society's secretary had to read it for him to the assemblage. Only eight members were present. The paper described an ailment involving swollen and dysfunctional lymph glands. It was initially ignored, but eventually was acknowledged as the first conclusive documentation of a cancer that now bears Hodgkin's name.

Med School

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Q: What does cerebrospinal fluid do?

A: Your body produces about a half-cup of this clear fluid daily, circulating it in and around the brain and spinal cord where it serves a variety of functions. It allows the brain to essentially float within the skull, achieving neutral buoyancy so that the organ is not compressed by its own weight. It acts as a shock absorber as well, both for the brain and spinal cord. It helps regulate the distribution of substances between cells in the brain and clears away cellular waste products.

Last Words

"Tell my family and friends I love them. Tell the governor he just lost my vote. Y'all hurry this along, I'm dying to get out of here."

--Convicted killer Christopher Scott Emmett (1972-2008), just before his execution in Virginia by lethal injection (He had challenged the legality of lethal injections as cruel and unusual punishment. He lost.)


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