Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 148

Just when you thought your brain could unwind on a Friday, you realise that it would rather be challenged with some good old fashioned medical trivia FFFF, introducing the Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 148

Question 1

The Aztec word for avocado also refers to a particular body part. What body part?

Reveal the funtabulous answer

The Testicle


Question 2

What is “corpse medicine“?

Reveal the funtabulous answer

Consuming the remains of a dead person in the belief you are ingesting their spirit for increased wellbeing.

Romans believed the blood of a fallen gladiator cured epilepsy and King Charles II was known for drinking a draught of “king’s drops”, a brew made from crumbled human skull and alcohol. [Reference]


Question 3

What colour cannot be perceived by the deuteranopsic patient?

Reveal the funtabulous answer

  • Green
  • Complete green colour blindness affects 1% of the male population whereas some weakness in green sensitivity affects 5%.  In females this is 0.1% and 0.35% respectively. [Reference]

Question 4

The first of which class of drug was extracted from the venom of the Brazilian Arrow-headed viper?

Reveal the funtabulous answer

  • ACE inhibitors
  • Workers in the banana plantations of Brazil were known to collapse due to low blood pressure if they were bitten by the pit viper.
  • Sergio Ferreira travelled to London from Brazil to work with Nobel prize winner John Vane. John Vane was unable to interest Ferreira in his ACE research but discovered something in his vial of snake venom was a potent ACE inhibitor. [Reference]

Question 5

According to TV, what percentage of patients survive CPR?

Reveal the funtabulous answer

  • 75%
  • In 1994-1995, ER, Chicago Hope and Rescue 911 were observed and 60 episodes of CPR were observed with a 75% success rate of ROSC and a 67% survival to hospital discharge. [Reference]
  • This compares to actual in-hospital arrest survival of 25-30% [Reference]

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Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five

Dr Neil Long BMBS FACEM FRCEM FRCPC. Emergency Physician at Burnaby Hospital in Vancouver. Loves the misery of alpine climbing and working in austere environments. Supporter of FOAMed, toxicology, tropical medicine, sim and ultrasound

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