Agraphia Medical Tragicomedy

24May/07Off

Zac Fact #11 (Stragglers)

Best mnemonic I've heard yet (as long as we're still stereotyping): NAACP.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, you say? WRONG! NAACP actually stands for Neoplasia, Asthma, Allergy, Collagen Vascular Disease, and Parasites... all the things that cause "colored" cells to increase in number. Oh... by "colored", I mean "red". As in eosinophils.

And the award for Most Misplaced Section In First Aid (drumroll please!) goes to the section on Psammoma Bodies. If you thought you'd find it in endocrine (papillary CA of the thyroid), reproductive (serous cystadenoCA of the ovary), neuro (meningioma), or respiratory (mesothelioma), you'd be wrong. It's in hematology, on page 307. Why, I have no idea... psammoma bodies are a far cry from a blood-based disease.

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