Why your medical condition may be named after a food

July 10, 2014 10:13 AM

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Why your medical condition may be named after a food

You have no doubt heard of the beer belly, the apple-shaped figure and the port-wine birthmark.

But if you also know about the strawberry cervix, the watermelon stomach and the blueberry muffin rash, you just may be a doctor. A fading tradition of naming medical conditions after food and drink has helped generations of physicians-in-training learn their stuff, says Ritu Lakhtakia, a pathologis...

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