Monday, April 19, 2010

The Easiest Way?

Anatomy prof: "The easiest way to remember which is which---genu valgum (knock-knees) versus genu varum (bowlegged) is to remember hallux valgus, you know, bunions".

Me (in my head): "Actually the easiest way to remember is that "gum" sticks your knees together. As in valgum."

Me (out loud): "Oh yeah, of course...hallux valgus...I'll never get the two mixed up again!"

8 comments:

Old MD Girl said...

Thank you for that. I could never remember which was which, and now I know that valGUM sticks your knees TOGETHER.

Albinoblackbear said...

My pleasure.

Laziness+limited brain space=good mnemonic. :)

Grumpy, M.D. said...

In the novel "Et Tu, Babe" the President of the U.S. was named Hallux Valgus.

Albinoblackbear said...

Ha! Suppose that is like calling him Paul Bunion. ;)

That's up there with Hiro Protagonist ("Snow Crash") and Ford Prefect ("Hitchhikers Guide").

RH said...

Great study aid. I am stealing that one too!

Thanks ABB!

Albinoblackbear said...

RH--No problemo. My methods of remembering things are usually so convoluted that I figure it'll never be of any use to anyone else.

:)

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