Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 239

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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 Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 239.

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Question 1

Who said ”My life is in the hands of any rascal who chooses to annoy or tease me” and why?

Reveal Answer

  • Dr John Hunter (1728-1793)
  • The Scotsman John Hunter is one of the greatest anatomists in history, he brought science to the art of surgery, is remembered as the most infamous of the resurrection men, and once described semen held in the mouth as “having a warmth similar to spices”.
  • Hunter suffered from angina pectoris and was not known for his ability to suffer fools well. As usual, he was right… Hunter died of a heart attack while attending a board meeting, during which he became irate at the opposition to the appointment of his successor at St. George’s Hospital.

Question 2

What is the ‘Kehoe principle‘?

Reveal Answer

  • The erroneous ‘Kehoe Principle’ can be summarised as:

“The absence of evidence of risk = Evidence of the absence of risk.”

  • Robert A. Kehoe, a toxicologist employed by the Ethyl Corporation, exemplified the ‘show me the data‘ mentality in defending the safety of leaded petrol. His stance was based on the rationale that there was no convincing published evidence of harm to humans. Subsequent research led to the complete removal of lead from gasoline in the United States by 1986. [Reference]

Question 3

During a pre-brief for your next simulation, the facilitator states we are going to implement ‘Chatham House Rule.’ What do they mean? 

+ Reveal the funtabulous answer

  • ‘When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.’
  • The Chatham House Rule is a system for holding debates and discussion panels on controversial issues, named after the headquarters of the UK Royal Institute of International Affairs, based in Chatham House, London, where the rule originated in June 1927. [Reference]

Question 4

How did James Harrison save 2.4 million babies?

Reveal Answer

  • He donated plasma containing antibody for rhesus D so rhesus -ve mothers could be given Anti-D when required.
  • He donated 1173 donations for more than 60 years and on the 11th of May 2018 he gave his last. [Reference]
  • Listen to James Harrison here.

Question 5

Michael Jackson leans over to 45 degrees in his Smooth Criminal video. A trained dancer may be able to achieve 25 to 30 degrees. How did he achieve such a biochemically impossible dance move?

Reveal Answer

  • A specially designed shoe
  • Manjul Tripathi et al in India investigated the biomechanics and showed that such a move would put too much strain on the achilles tendon. The extra degrees were achieved by a special shoe and a hitch member.
  • He did also require some erector spinae strength training. [Reference]

…and finally

Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 239 Neil Long

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