bury the hatchet: Accidentally leaving a surgical instrument inside a patient crump (see gork) fascinoma
: fascinating tumor
The popularity of these books, along with earlier works on the topic by sociologist Sharon Preves (Intersex and Identity: the Contested Self, 2003) and psychologist Suzanne Kessler (Lessons from the Intersexed, 1998), suggest that intersex has become a "fascinoma
'--medical slang for a rare and interesting condition fascinating to doctors.
Moreover, whereas the genetics-related news article of 5 years ago likely reported on a discovery about a clinical fascinoma
, today's article probably describes a discovery about a bread and butter disorder of primary care.
Jon Hassell: Fascinoma
. (Water Lily Acoustics WLA-CS-70-CD)
I looked forward to each unusual case, to each odd clinical finding that the attending doctors labeled "fascinomas
." Like the residents around me, I liked the challenge of taking care of complex, critically ill patients.
I am interested in neither the obscure presentation of common diseases nor rare "fascinomas
." Nor am I predisposed to publish a case series of 1000 sore throats, unless it holds important new implications for our colleagues.