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Polio conundrums

Denis Gill Dublin, Ireland   Ancient Egyptian stele of Ruma For most children, infection with the polio virus caused no symptoms or a minor illness.¬† But about 1% of those infected experienced paralysis of one or both lower limbs. Worse still, bulbar paralysis could lead to the ¬†inability to breathe. The effects of polio were […]

Doctors like eponymity

Denis Gill Dublin, Ireland I must confess to liking medical eponyms. As a medical student in 1960s Dublin, we were taught the names of famous Irish physicians of the Georgian period (1780-1840), a time when Dublin was famed for its bedside teaching. Their names evoked an interest in the history of medicine and in clinical […]