Disturbing Disorders: FOP (Stone Man Syndrome)

In a letter dated 14 April 1736, the surgeon John Freke (picture below) wrote to the Royal Society regarding a highly unusual case involving a patient at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. A boy, who looked ‘about Fourteen Years old’, had come into the hospital to ask ‘what should be done to cure him of […]

Disturbing Disorders: Sirenomelia (Mermaid Syndrome)

The sea king down there had been a widower for years, and his old mother kept house for him…she was an altogether praiseworthy person, particularly so because she was extremely fond of her granddaughters, the little sea princesses. They were six lovely girls, but the youngest was the most beautiful of them all. Her skin […]

Disturbing Disorders: A Brief History of Harlequin Ichthyosis

Last Saturday, I was lounging around on the couch watching 5 straight episodes of Forensic Detectives (don’t judge) when I heard my computer ping. Being the internet junkie that I am, I immediately checked my inbox and saw a message from my old school friend, Andy, who is currently studying medicine at Case Western. He […]