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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.

Doc Talk

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.

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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.

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