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Fasciculation: a spontaneous, involuntary muscle twitch

Phobia of the Week

Deipnophobia: fear of dining with others (which may be particularly problematic this time of year)

Best Medicine

I don't always go to the gym, but when I do, I make sure Facebook knows about it.

Observation

 

"I've already had medical attention. A dog licked me while I was on the ground." -- American playwright Neil Simon (1927-2018)

Medical History

This week in 1933, dried human blood serum was prepared for the first time in the U.S. at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. It was prepared by Drs. Earl W. Flosdorf, a refrigeration engineer, and Stuart Mudd, who had created a glass apparatus to freeze-dry serum -- the clear fluid in blood that contains the proteins and antibodies formed by the body's immune system to protect against infection. The powdered, dried blood serum was used successfully for transfusions for the prevention of childhood diseases, and widely during World War II.

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