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Surgeon: "Me, too."


"I'm tired of all the nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want, an adorable pancreas?" -- Irish American author and playwright Jean Kerr (1922-2003)

Medical History

This week in 1958, Ake Senning implanted the first internal heart pacemaker, which had been invented earlier that year. The hockey puck-sized pacemaker was designed to be implanted in a subcutaneous pouch. It sent electrical pulses to the cardiac muscle to establish normal and regular contractions. The prototype worked only three hours but the 42-year-old patient who received it, Arne Larsson, was the recipient of 25 subsequent pacemakers (each an improvement) over the years and lived to the ripe age of 86. He outlived Senning, who died in 2000 at age 84.

Ig Nobel Apprised


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

In 2021, the Ig Nobel Prize in medicine went to a multinational team of researchers for demonstrating that sexual orgasms can be as effective as decongestant medicines at improving nasal breathing. The work was published in the Ear, Nose & Throat Journal.

Med School

Question: Can you match the generic names of these five popular drugs with their brand names?


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