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Cane and Able: #16 Mummy, Where Do Zebras Come From?

Discussion in 'BoM Blogs' started by 8people, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. 8people

    8people 8 is just another way of looking at infinite ★ SPS Account Holder Adored Veteran

    Apr 20, 2002
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    Medical students are taught the axiom "When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras."

    This is due to the fact that whilst in medical school you learn all about these fascinating and unusual illnesses, that doesn't mean most of the time you will be seeing people with a cold or minor ailment who all have access to wikipedia, google and and a friend whos aunt had the same symptoms and woke up dead the next Thursday.

    It is a doctors job to understand the mechanics of the normal human body and look objectively at what does and doesn't function as it should to determine the likliest cause of the discomfort and encourage the adequate correction measures.

    The average diagnostic age of EDS is the mid thirties, usually around 34 for people who have had symptoms since they were children. Hence why the term Zebra has been coined for us :)

    The majority of EDS strains are dominant. with a few recessive mutations and type 4 which is recessive though some traits may occur in carriers as well, this means it's usually quite easy to see where in a family it has come from, spotting the zebras in the herd.
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