Mnemonic Mnotes

November 20, 2010, 5:55 pm

Over at Academic Life in Emergency Medicine, Michelle Lin has posted a series of mnemonics — developed by my colleague Tim Erickson at the University of Illinois — that aid in remembering the toxicologic differential diagnosis of abnormal vital signs. For example, the mnemonic for bradycardia is PACED:

Propranolol/beta-blockers, poppies (opium), propoxyphene, physostigmine
Antichlolinesterases, antiarrhythmics
Calcium channel blockers, clonidine
Ethanol and other alcohols
Digoxin

This reminded me of my favorite mnemonic, created by an old medical school classmate who had obviously spent way too much time in the anatomy lab:

Frank Sinatra Takes Four Fifths Seagrams Seven Each Night to Ease Tensions

The ribs in order, cephalad to caudad:

First
Second
Third
Fourth
Fifth
Sixth
Seventh
Eighth
Ninth
Tenth
Eleventh
Twelfth

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