Source: Food and Drug Administration
Stories for the Waiting Room
In the 1800s, a German surgeon named Johan Friedrich Dieffenbach thought he had a solution for stuttering. It involved slicing into the patient's tongue and excising a triangular wedge. Later surgeons would also remove the adenoids and occasionally drill into the skull. Remarkably, Dieffenbach found patients willing to endure his procedure to eliminate their speech impediments, though there is no record of what they said post-operation, stuttering or not.
Turgor: Refers to the tension and elasticity of skin. Doctors can assess it by gently grasping a pinch of skin and pulling. Normal skin returns to its flat shape within three seconds. Abnormal turgor may be a sign of dehydration or connective tissue disorders.
Phobia of the Week
Pogonophobia: fear of beards
Never say diet
The Major League Eating record for kolaches is 56 sausage and cheese kolaches in 8 minutes, held by Joey Chestnut. Kolaches are a type of pastry that typically hold dollop of fruit filling in the center, though sausage and cheese will do in a kolach.