Short Tales of Serendipity, Curiosities, Medical Trivia, Authorship, and Speculation

  • Robert B. Taylor


This chapter is a potpourri of stories that touch on various aspects of medicine. Faced with the task of ordering them somehow, I have arranged them under five categories: serendipity, telling about some fortuitous advances in medicine; curiosities, describing a selection of fascinating clinical phenomena; trivia, telling some short stories about diseases, remedies, and persons; authorship, recording some little-known facts about medical reference books; and speculation, offering some theories about how disease just might possibly have influenced the world as we know it today.


Pathologic Gambling Yellow Fever Clinical Note Tropane Alkaloid Dark Chocolate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert B. Taylor
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  1. 1.Department of Family Medicine School of MedicineOregon Health & Sciences UniversityPortlandUSA

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