I don’t believe in using too many mnemonics or rhymes to remember things, as remembering the mnemonic in itself can be a difficult task. To work, it must either be very funny, very relevant, or very entrenched.
Here are some of my favourites – some because they are hilarious and some simply because they work. Enjoy 🙂
Carpal bones of the wrist: The first medical mnemonic I ever learnt.
Some lovers try positions that they cannot handle / Sailors like to peep through the cabin hole
Apertures of the diaphragm and their spinal levels: I wish I had known this one earlier, since for some or other reason I can never remember these and they are commonly asked in exams.
- Aortic hiatus = 12 letters = T12
- Oesophagus = 10 letters = T10
- Vena Cava = 8 letters = T8
Causes of post-opperative fever – 5 Ws: If you watched Grey’s Anatomy Season 1, you will be familiar with this one.
- Wind: nosocomial pneumonia
- Wound: infection
- Walk: pulmonary embolism
- Whiz: urinary tract infection
- Wonder drugs: side effects
Abdominal Distension – 5 Fs: The first mnemonic I learnt in second year.
- Filthy tumour
Typical patient at risk of Gallstones: These get some people up in a tiff; note that it is only the most common and not true to all cases.
Fat female fertile forty flatulent
Ellaborating on a complaint in the clinical history: SOCRATES
- Alleviating factors
- Exacerbating factors
Causes of acute pancreatitis: GET SMASH’D
- Gall stones
- Autoimmune disease
Triad of reactive arthritis:
- Can’t see: conjunctivitis
- Can’t pee: urethritis
- Can’t climb a tree: arthritis
And finally, my favourite, taught to us just a few weeks ago: [drumroll please]
Cutaneous signs of alcohol abuse: remembering palmar erythema and spider angiomas.
Little Miss Muffet decided to rough it and live on tonic and gin. Red hands and a spider came outside her, and such are the wages of sin.