Medicin og literatur (for ikke tale om medicin og poesi) er centrale forskningsområder for enhver seriøs medicinhistoriker. Når det gælder det interessante speciale medicinske limericker har forskningen dog længe været hæmmet af mangel på gode limerick-samlinger. Men nu er den endelig kommet: websiden, der indholder al verdens medicinske limericker (se www.oedilf.com (for Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form) — tusindevis af limericker og rigtigt mange af dem med anatomisk, kirurgisk, farmaceutisk mm. indhold.

Her er fire tilfældigt udvalgte limericker, der handler om medicinske fænomener på bogstaven “A”:

alternative medicine by Tim Alborn

Alternative medicine nixes
All pharmacological fixes.
A nice cup of tea
Or a pin in your knee
Will wean you from chemical mixes.

abdominoplasty by olwen

My abdominoplasty and some
Liposuction have flattened my tum.
My face may be saggy,
My eyes may be baggy,
But my stomach is tight as a drum.

antidiarrheal by Jesse Frankovich

At times, an unusual meal
Makes me really regret how I feel.
So I rush, quite distressed,
To the medicine chest
For an anti- (run fast!) -diarrheal

anatomy by mephistopheles

Anatomy centers around
Where the bones and the muscles are found,
Where the feet and the hands,
And the lymph nodes and glands,
And the tissues and organs abound.

(tak til Malin og Åsa for tippet!)

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