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Stuck His Spoon in the Wall

If you say, “He stuck his spoon in the wall,” you mean that he died. In German, the person who’s deceased has passed along his spoon, and in Afrikaans, he’s jabbed his spoon into the ceiling. These expressions reflect the...

Vaccine Etymology

Vaccines take their name from vaccinia, the virus that caused cowpox. It was the original ingredient used to vaccinate people against smallpox. Stefan Riedel, a pathologist at the Baylor University Medical Center, offers a detailed history of the...

retrospectoscope

retrospectoscope  n.— «The view through scopes—colonoscopes, arthroscopes and laparoscopes, to name a few—routinely aids physicians in narrowing diagnoses and arriving at a plan of care. But none is as illuminating as the one doctors refer...

cog

cog  n.— «The drugs, known as “cognition enhancers” could improve brain performance in a number of ways, from sharpening short-term memory and increasing speed of thought. The Academy of Medical Sciences has already advised...

call-jumping

call-jumping  n.— «Officials for the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Service have asked the state Office of Emergency Medical Services to investigate complaints that crews from Life Ambulance are showing up at the scenes of traffic...

backing heads

backing heads  n.— «Her most recent job was “backing heads,” scraping meat from between the vertebrae.» —“A Medical Mystery Unfolds in Minnesota” by Denise Grady in Austin, Minnesota New York Times Feb. 5...