Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 214

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 214

Question 1

Who first described the phenomenon of malignant hyperthermia?

Reveal the funtabulous answer

Michael Antony Denborough (1929 – 2014), an Australian anaesthetist, academic, activist and medical researcher.


Question 2

Which Fox was out-foxed?

If fox’s sign you seek tonight
The fox you find will not be right

The fox you seek for triple A
Is not GH, but Fox JA

Reveal the funtabulous answer

Fox’s sign: bruising over the inguinal ligament that occurs in acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis. Named after English surgeon, John Adrian Fox and NOT the American dermatologist George Henry Fox according to Wikipedia.

Fox-Fordyce disease: A chronic itchy papular condition occurring in areas of the skin with apocrine glands especially the axilla of young women. Chronic blockage of the sweat gland ducts with a secondary, non-bacterial inflammatory response to the secretions and cellular debris in the cysts. This was described by George Henry Fox as “Apocrine miliaria” along with John Addison Fordyce.


Question 3

Who’s landmark paper is this the opening paragraph?

Some months ago, whilst dancing, I trod on the outer side of my foot, my heel at the moment being off the ground. Something gave way midway down my foot, and I at once suspected a rupture of the peroneus longus tendon. By the help of a friend I managed to walk to my cab, a distance of over 300 or 400 yards. The following morning I carefully examined my foot and discovered that my tendon was intact. There was a slight swelling over the base of the fifth metatarsal bone. I endeavored to obtain crepitus and failed. A finger on the spot gave exquisite pain.

Reveal the funtabulous answer

Sir Robert Jones (1857-1933), Welsh General Surgeon; Orthopaedic Surgeon; and part time Roentgenologist.

Describing the eponymous Jones Fracture (1902) he sustained whilst at a dance.


Question 4

What evidence is there that Sir William Osler was a pimp?

Reveal the funtabulous answer

Eye witness testimony

Rounded with Osler today. Riddles house officers with questions. Like a Gatling gun. Welch says students call it ‘pimping.’ Delightful.

Abraham Flexner 1916

Question 5

What was tested on orphans and condemned felons in Newgate before being given to the Royal family?

Reveal the funtabulous answer

Inoculation against smallpox.

Charles Maitland was granted the royal license to perform a trial of variolation on six prisoners in Newgate on August 9, 1721. The prisoners were granted the King’s favor if they submitted to this experiment.

All prisoners survived the experiment, and those exposed to smallpox later proved to be immune.


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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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