Want to get a step up on the competition? This is the book for young doctors trying to bluff their way into erudite otolaryngological circles by giving the impression that their ENT education was not wasted. Knowledge of trivia about a particular subject always gives the impression that the holder of this useless information is also privy to other facts which are just too mundane to mention. While everyone in the field may know what Gradenigo's Syndrome is, you will impress your colleagues by knowing just who Gradenigo was! With Offbeat Otolaryngology, you'll also learn these valuable pearls of wisdom:
Inspiring confidence in others
"It is not necessary to know Latin, but merely to give the strong impression that one has forgotten it."
– The historical meaning of medical terms "Rhino, as any reader of Billy Butler will know, is an old term for money and many allege it is from
this that the tem rhinoplasty derives."
– Public health issues
"During the late 1960's, the rate of coronary heart disease in Finland was very high and thought to be associated with the high milk intake which was found there, most Finns drink a pint or two of milk instead of beer with their evening meal. The Finnish government accordingly put a health warning on milk."
– Other medical specialties
"Research has shown that anesthetists were the chaps who at school had their mittens tied together through the arms of their duffel coat. Our psychiatric advisers tell us that this is a form of insecurity and, like most things in life (according to them) dates back to early childhood and the fear of rejection by or loss of their mother. As doctors, they fear losing the attention of their patient are not really happy unless he is anesthetized and will not run away."
– And many more!
Learn the fun facts and information you missed in medical school the magic and romance behind acoustic neuroma; madness and anesthesia; famous tracheotomies; the history of nasal polyps;…