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Remember a couple-three weeks ago, when we started this little vintage trek through “the Numbered Diseases of childhood”, I sort of poked fun at the new-fangled-kid doc who sat in the back row and thought that a “pox” was a “rash”?
We’ll continue our chats about “the Numbered Diseases of childhood” by discussing today FOURTH Disease and the unique circumstances about this number.
You remember from our previous discussions that the physicians in 1905 tried to streamline all the names of the rash-causing diseases by giving them numbers, one through six – oh, for the days!
This is the fourth of our chats about “the Numbered Diseases of childhood” proposed in 1905 to list all the (then known) diseases which caused rashes and were killing off a sizeable portion of the population each year. Today we’re on ‘ol “Number Three” – Rubella!
Frankly, the “Numbered Diseases” were just a touch before my time; but, that only means that none of the actual textbooks I used still called them by that name NOT that I haven’t cared for patients with that disease – because I have… lots of ’em!
In 1905 pediatricians made a valiant attempt to simplify the medical nomenclature by giving the then known six diseases which caused rashes numbers instead of cumbersome, and sometimes embarrassing names. We spoke about the Numbered Diseases of Childhood in a previous article.
About the last time I can see that anyone in the field of medicine attempted to make things a bit easier on ourselves was in 1905 when pediatricians tried to describe the six then known diseases which cause rashes by giving them numbers.
After all, unlike today, back then physicians weren’t so much the type of people who were (more…)
Look, it’s getting so even I’m getting tired talking about immunization schedule, but every time I think about throwing up my hands I remember very clearly (as if it was yesterday) being sent down to the lower hospital ward to retrieve a piece of equipment and needing to push an Iron Lung out of the way in order to get to it.
This is a link to a printable version of the childhood immunization schedule (seven to eighteen years of age) published by the CDC and AAP.
2013 Immunization schedule that can be printed out. From the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Children face a number of medical issues when they leave the relative ease of summer in favor of the more crowded environment of school each year. Here is part two of a list of common illnesses and issues facing us at “back to school” time.
Ask any medical student, intern or resident: “where is the place where you get sick most often” and you’ll be told “the hospital.”
The problem is that the relationship also holds for “adults” with “work” and “children” with “school.” That’s because (more…)