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blowing brains

blowing brains  n.— «On Nov. 28, Dr. DeVries’s boss, Dr. Ruth Lynfield, the state epidemiologist, toured the plant. She and the owner, Kelly Wadding, paid special attention to the head table. Dr. Lynfield became transfixed by one procedure...

head table

head table  n.— «A survey of the workers confirmed what the plant’s nurses had suspected: those who got sick were employed at or near the “head table,” where workers cut the meat off severed hog heads.» —“A Medical Mystery Unfolds in...

index case

index case  n.— «A man whom doctors call the “index case”—the first patient they knew about—got sick in December 2006 and was hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic for about two weeks.» —“A Medical Mystery Unfolds in...

drunkalog

drunkalog  n.— «During my stay in rehab at Castle Medical Center, we had to attend AA or Narcotics Anonymous meetings every day. One of the regular weekly meetings was held at Castle. That’s where I first got to hear Kevin “share...

shorty

shorty  n.— «Andrew returned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., to be fitted for his first prostheses. These “stubbies” or “shorties,” as they are called, are only about a foot in length and are...

flag strategy

flag strategy  n.— «Another method, called the “flag strategy,” allowed employees to get their inoculation at the time of their choosing—but only when the line had fewer than a set number of people. With a queue maximum of...