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||[Jan. 23rd, 2007|09:45 pm]
they think it is a form of hemangioendothelioma|
If I'm reading the wikipedia entry correctly, that's the long medical way of saying "it's, like, this thing that grows somewhere, like, in your body and kinda, well, it doesn't, like, match really any of our, like, existing categories." In other words, you have an alien love child growing inside you.
2007-01-24 05:35 pm (UTC)
I spent two hours researching it last night and came to the same conclusion.
Medicine (and biology in general) is sometimes very un-uniform in its application of sematic principles. Yet anoth example: a few weeks back I went to the doctor with an annoying
but recurring skin irritation, and he told me it was a mild case of "seborrhea" -- whose meaning
to be little more than "a skin thing that's not one of the other skin things, and when we smear on some ketoconazole, it'll go away for a week/year/forever, so you should go do that". I guess it's a matter of falling back on operational definitions
when essentialist ones aren't quite as handy. And all things considered, I'm much happier with operational
than essentialist semantics; but it does make things
hard to learn sometimes.
(Also: "seborrhea" sounds gross. And its
etymology is medieval hokum that just never got replaced
because there was nothing particularly better to
take its place.)
2007-01-24 07:12 pm (UTC)
Resect that fucker!
Crossing my fingers for you that it's the benign kind. Be well my friend.