Poor health is one of those things, like divorce and the loss of a loved one, that you know will touch your life at some point but would rather not think about too much. At least, we generally expect that somebody, somewhere is “working” on the problem. Certain especially interesting diseases, however, compel our attention and call into question the notion that humans have this whole “modern medicine” thing figured out.
Some interesting diseases count as such because their symptoms are so bizarre, others because they’re so incredibly rare, and still others because they’re so mysterious that doctors who study them have no choice but to shrug and guess that the sufferers are under a sorcerer’s curse.
With symptoms like rock eating, change in accent, and a lopsided face, here are six of history’s most interesting diseases.
Interesting Diseases: Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
We’ve all been there: your kid is up all night throwing up, and you know you aren’t making it to work in the morning. Sometime around hour four of your child’s extremely noisy and painful vomiting, however, you start to wonder if maybe you should talk to your pediatrician about this. By hour six, you’re in the emergency room to treat the child’s severe dehydration. The doctor guesses that it’s probably either a stomach bug or a case of food poisoning and, since everything seems okay now, you’re free to go.