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For Obsessive Behavior, an Electric Finding

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Founding father George Washington, who was born on Feb. 22, 1732, survived smallpox, malaria (six times), diphtheria, tuberculosis (twice) and pneumonia. He died on Dec. 14, 1799, at the age of 67.

According to reports, on Dec. 12, Washington was out on horseback supervising farm activities. It began to snow. Upon returning home, he did not change out of his wet clothes and went straight to dinner, not wanting to keep guests waiting. By the next morning, Washington had a sore throat. His conditioned worsened and he ultimately succumbed to "quinsy," an accumulation of pus due to infection behind the tonsils. This is now known as peritonsillar abscess.

Doc Talk

ODD: acronym for Oppositional Defiant Disorder, a type of behavior disorder mostly diagnosed in childhood. Children with ODD are uncooperative, defiant and hostile toward peers, parents, teachers and other authority figures. They are more troubling to others than they are to themselves.


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