THE OJCPCD PRESENTS: A MEDICAL HUMANITIES CHALLENGE QUIZ #1: DERMATOLOGY IN SHAKESPEARE

  by Leonard Hoenig, M.D., Section Editor   Beginning with this issue, the OJCPCD presents a new feature called “A Medical Humanities Challenge” that will appear several times a year, to test your knowledge of medical humanities. Quiz #1 examines your ability to identify the medical condition in the following quote from Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet: “ Out, you green-sickness carrion! Out, you baggage! You tallow face!” (Lord Capulet to Juliet:  Act 3, Scene 5) Scroll down for answer:   ANSWER:  Chlorosis (green sickness) caused by iron deficiency anemia. COMMENT:  Green sickness, or chlorosis, was a common disorder during the 16th thru 19th Centuries that typically affected young, unmarried … Continue reading

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“The Doctor Is In”

A Special Tribute to Charles Schultz’s Peanuts by Leonard J. Hoenig, MD Since 1950, people of all ages have enjoyed the popular comic strip Peanuts created by the American cartoonist Charles Schultz (1922-2000). One of the endearing young children who star in the strip is Lucy Van Pelt, whose many talents include operating a psychiatric booth and offering humorous insights about life to her brother’s best friend, Charlie Brown. At the front of the booth is a sign that usually reads: “The Doctor Is In”. Recently, Lucy has had a change of heart and has decided to specialize in dermatology. Her first patient, Charlie Brown, seeks her advice because he … Continue reading

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The Relativity of Time in Dermatology

By Leonard J. Hoenig, MD Abstract: Rarely, human aging can dramatically speed up or slow down, resulting in devastating clinical consequences for patients. Two case histories are presented to illustrate this “relativity” of the human aging process. One patient suffered from progeria and aged rapidly, dying prematurely at 17 years-old. The second patient suffered from syndrome X and seemed not to age at all, remaining a toddler till her death at age 20. Despite their many handicaps, both patients lived inspiring lives that brought much love to their families and friends. To read a PDF of Len Hoenig’s inspiring article go to THIS LINK and click on Download. Key Words: … Continue reading

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Expressions of Emotion in Dermatology

by Valencia Long, MBBS and Leonard J. Hoenig, M.D. The whole gamut of human emotion has found its way into the dermatologic lexicon. A rash looks “angry” when it is inflamed. Other times, a dermatitis that oozes and exudes fluid is described as “weeping. Cosmetic dermatology often deals with “frown lines” that are furrows that form over one’s brow as the skin ages and which remind us of scowling, a facial expression of displeasure. “Laugh lines”, also called “smile lines”, occur along the nasolabial folds and with aging can grow in length and depth. Perhaps the most common emotion that is expressed in dermatology concerns love. Pain, and the most … Continue reading

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The First Clinical Use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging

35 years ago, a second year medical student witnessed a watershed moment in medical history: the first clinical application of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The author, who was that student, now shares this never before told story. Continue reading

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