Monday, 20 June 2011

~ Bacteria Tower Defense + Microbiology Word Scramble ~

Feeling exhausted with microbiology's examination ?

Need some real fun and action ?

Here it goes, few fine games for the future doctors...

Dare to try ? Come on, get yourself a little bit of rest and have some fun with these game which may require strong and vast knowledge about microbiology..

What, MICROBIOLOGY again !? 

These are not some sort of tests or examination,  these are games, do I make myself clear guys ?? =D

Just kidding..

Click here and have fun !!!

An innovative maze-building Tower Defense game which is based on real bacteria, real antibiotics, real infections, and real interactions. Choose your antibiotics wisely to fight off the infections and save your patient. A fun way to relax and without you knowing it, you ll maybe even learn something useful!

Test yourself with all those words...=D

Good Luck !!!

Gen 08 blogger

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Eponymous diseases ???

Do you even heard about eponymous diseases ???

What is eponymous disease ?

"Eponymous diseases is disease which have been named after the person who first described the condition."

We have seen these diseases mostly in pathology curriculum.

Now, let us go through some of these eponymous diseases which we have encountered during our medical study and see who are the persons behind the name of the diseases.

[1] Barrett's Oesophagus

Barrett's Oesophagus (sometimes called Barrett's syndrome, CELLO—columnar epithelium lined lower oesophagus) refers to an abnormal change (metaplasia) in the cells of the inferior portion of the oesophagus.

Norman Rupert Barrett (1903-1979) was an Australian-born British thoracic surgeon who is primarily remembered for describing Barrett’s oesophagus.

[2] Schistosomiasis 

Schistosomiasis (also known as bilharzia, bilharziosis or snail fever) is a parasitic disease caused by several species of trematodes (platyhelminth infection, or "flukes"), a parasitic worm of the genus Schistosoma.

Theodor Maximilian Bilharz (March 23, 1825 – May 9, 1862) was a German physician and an important pioneer in the field of parasitology. In 1850 he accompanied his former teacher, Wilhelm Griesinger, to Egypt and became the first chief of the surgery at the Kasr-el-Aini Medical School of Cairo.

[3] Burkitt's lymphoma

Burkitt's lymphoma (or "Burkitt's tumor", Burkitt lymphoma or "malignant lymphoma, Burkitt's type") is a cancer of the lymphatic system (in particular, B lymphocytes). 

Denis Parsons Burkitt (28 February 1911 – 23 March 1993), surgeon, was born in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Ireland. He was the son of James Parsons Burkitt. Aged eleven he lost his right eye in an accident. Burkitt 'made two major contributions to medical science related to his experience in Africa. The first was the description, distribution, and ultimately, the etiology of a pediatric cancer that bears his name Burkitt's lymphoma'.[1] His second major contribution came when, on his return to Britain, Burkitt compared the pattern of diseases in African hospitals with Western diseases. He concluded that many Western diseases which were rare in Africa were the result of diet and lifestyle. He wrote a book Don't Forget Fibre in your Diet (1979), which was an international best-seller.

[4] Crohn's disease

Crohn's disease, also known as regional enteritis, is an inflammatory disease of the intestines that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus, causing a wide variety of symptoms. 

Burrill B. Crohn (June 13, 1884 in New York – July 29, 1983 in Connecticut) was a Jewish-American gastroenterologist and one of the first to describe the disease of which he is the namesake, Crohn's disease.

[5] Graves' disease

Graves' disease is an autoimmune disease where the thyroid is overactive, producing an excessive amount of thyroid hormones (a serious metabolic imbalance known as hyperthyroidism and thyrotoxicosis).

Robert J Graves, M.D., F.R.C.S. (1796 – 20 March 1853) was an eminent Irish surgeon after whom Graves' disease takes its name. He was President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Fellow of the Royal Society of London and the founder of the Dublin Journal of Medical Science. He is also the uncredited inventor of the second hand on watches.

[6] Hashimoto's thyroiditis

Hashimoto's thyroiditis or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease in which the thyroid gland is gradually destroyed by a variety of cell and antibody mediated immune processes. 

Hashimoto Hakaru (橋本 策?, May 5, 1881 – January 9, 1934) was a Japanese medical scientist of the Meiji period and Taishō period. He was born on May 5, 1881, in the village of Midau, Nishi-tsuge in the Mie Prefecture. He graduated from Kyushu University medical school in 1907. 

[7] Hirschsprung's disease

Hirschsprung's disease (HD), or congenital aganglionic megacolon, involves an aganglionic section of bowel[1] (the normal enteric nerves are absent) that starts at the anus and progresses proximally. 

Harald Hirschsprung (14 December 1830 – 11 April 1916) was a Danish physician who first described Hirschsprung's disease in 1886. He became the first Danish pediatrician in 1870, when he was appointed to a hospital for neonates. In 1879, he was made the chief physician at the Queen Louisa Hospital for Children, which opened in 1879. He was appointed a professor of pediatrics in 1891.

Let us think together, how intelligent they were. Ther're able to discover new diseases in their era and now, it is up to us to discover not only new diseases, but more importantly, the cure for millions of incurable diseases that exists nowadays.

For more imformation about them, please contact Mr. Google.... =D

Abu Hurairah (Radiyallaahu `anhu), The Messenger of Allah (Sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) said,
“There is no disease that Allah has created, except that He also has created its treatment.”
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 71, Number 582

So, let us focuses ourselves in our study to become great and supreme doctors in the near future, insyaAllah.


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