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Vaccinating the World

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"Doctors are great -- as long as you don't need them." -- Edward E. Rosenbaum, author of "A Taste of My Own Medicine: When the Doctor is the Patient" (1988)

Medical History

This week in 1863, Dubois D. Parmelee was issued a U.S. patent for an "Improvement in Artificial Legs," which featured a custom-molded suction cup to receive the stump. Atmospheric pressure held the socket in place, eliminating the need for the usual straps. On the underside of the bucket, "a small faucet" was open as the stump was pressed into socket to create a tight-fitting seal. The faucet was then closed, and atmospheric pressure held the bucket in place until air is readmitted through the faucet.

Ig Nobel Apprised

The Ig Nobel Prizes celebrate achievements that make people laugh and then think, a look at real science that's hard to take seriously and even harder to ignore.

In 1995, the Ig Nobel Prize in nutrition went to John Martinez of J. Martinez & Company in Atlanta for kopi luwak, the world's most expensive coffee, which is made from coffee beans ingested and excreted by the luwak, a bobcat-like animal native to Indonesia.


Med School

Match the three substances below with their matching purported medical treatments.

1. Ketchup

2. Shark cartilage


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