Wednesday, January 18, 2006

From Oxford Clinical Handbook of Medicine

An example of the futility of modern medicine:

Causes(of acute pancreatitis) 'GET SMASHED': Gallstones, Ethanol, Trauma, Steroids, Mumps, Autoimmune (PAN), Scorpion venom, Hyperlipidaemia (^ Ca2+, hypothermia), ERCP, (also emboli), Drugs (eg azathioprine, asparaginase, mercaptopurine, pentamidine, didanosine, ?diuretics); also pregnancy. Often none found. (last italics mine)

Forgive me, Oxford Clinical Handbook of Medicine. You're actually pretty good at being funny that way.

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