The Missing Link #13: Thirteen (!)

by Lin Abigail Tan ~A weekly column exploring the delightful, most arbitrary intricacies of our world through the lens of medicine~ My favorite word was “triskaidekaphobia” for the longest time, simply because it seemed so idiosyncratic, granting bookish delight with its awkward, jutting syllables and “haha I know how to spell it” prestige. As you can probably … Continue reading The Missing Link #13: Thirteen (!)

The Missing Link #12: Hair

by Lin Abigail Tan ~A weekly column exploring the delightful, most arbitrary intricacies of our world through the lens of medicine~ Besides intermittent existential crises and Great-great-great-etc. Uncle Neanderthal, what do all humans have in common?  Hair! We are mammals, after all. These days, we probably don’t think much about our hair beyond the morning groomings or … Continue reading The Missing Link #12: Hair

The Missing Link #11: Rembrandt

by Lin Abigail Tan ~A weekly column exploring the delightful, most arbitrary intricacies of our world through the lens of medicine~ Why was the painting arrested? Because it was framed. [ahahaha...why aren’t you laughing?] You’ve probably seen this painting before, especially if you’re an art and anatomy aficionado like me. The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp … Continue reading The Missing Link #11: Rembrandt

The Missing Link #10: Vinegar

Lin Abigail Tan  ~A weekly column exploring the delightful, most arbitrary intricacies of our world through the lens of medicine~ Happy 2020! Let’s kick off the school year with one of my mom’s favorite cleaning supplies--vinegar.  The word “vinegar” derives from Latin, with vinum meaning wine and acer meaning sour. Indeed, the acidic substance registers at about … Continue reading The Missing Link #10: Vinegar

The Missing Link #09: Limericks

by Abbey Tan  ~A weekly column exploring the delightful, most arbitrary intricacies of our world through the lens of medicine~ Limericks! Just the name itself brings to mind something mischievous and impish.  A limerick is a short, five-lined verse that is often nonsensical, humorous, and risqué (or all of the above). It follows the aabba rhyme scheme … Continue reading The Missing Link #09: Limericks

The Missing Link #08: Pig

~Abbey Tan  ~A weekly column exploring the delightful, most arbitrary intricacies of our world through the lens of medicine~ I’ve always wanted a pet pig. I don’t know if this desire came from watching too many cute animal videos online or getting way too excited about Charlotte’s Web as a child. Maybe both.  The domestic pig, Sus … Continue reading The Missing Link #08: Pig

The Missing Link #07: Ketchup

-Lin Abigail Tan ~A weekly column exploring the delightful, most arbitrary intricacies of our world through the lens of medicine~ French fries, fried chicken, fake blood...besides contributing to a magnificent alliteration, what do these items have in common?  That’s right. They can all be enhanced by the magical elixir that is ketchup. A presumed pinnacle of American … Continue reading The Missing Link #07: Ketchup

The Missing Link #06: Stairs

Lin Abigail Tan  ~A weekly column exploring the delightful, most arbitrary intricacies of our world through the lens of medicine~ Stairs have a history  dating back to early human structures, as flat rocks or hewn logs near the entrances of caves or huts.  Ancient civilizations built splendid staircases-- for example, ziggurats  in Mesopotamia (like step pyramids),  in … Continue reading The Missing Link #06: Stairs

The Missing Link #05: Deodorant

-Lin Abigail Tan  ~A weekly column exploring the delightful, most arbitrary intricacies of our world  through the lens of medicine~ Deodorant! You don’t hear much about it outside funny commercials and middle school gym classes.  The seemingly inconspicuous stick on your bathroom counter contains a lot of chemistry. And history. The ancient Egyptians used translucent aluminum … Continue reading The Missing Link #05: Deodorant

The Missing Link #04: Violin

by Lin Abigail Tan ~A weekly column exploring the delightful, most arbitrary intricacies of our world through the lens of medicine~ I’ve played the violin for about thirteen years now, yet I never really thought to connect my beloved instrument to my chosen field of study.  The violin originated in the early 16th century, sometime around 1520-1550, … Continue reading The Missing Link #04: Violin