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Genes and COVID-19

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A man visits his doctor.

"Doc, I think I'm going deaf."

"Can you describe the symptoms?" asks the physician.

"Sure. Marge has blue hair. Homer is fat and bald."



"I become faint and nauseous during even very minor medical procedures, such as making an appointment by phone." -- Humorist Dave Barry

Medical History

This week in 1879, Richard S. Rhodes received a patent for the Audiphone, a type of hearing aid. Rhodes suffered from deafness due to an illness but noticed that he could hear his watch tick when he held it in his mouth. The Audiphone worked on that principle, transmitting sound waves through the teeth and cranial bones.

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