S.S. Post wrote of “The Death of Normalcy.” Here Prof. Peggy Mason slaps around the notion “average”
There is No Average Patient by Peggy Mason PhD @neuromooc – thebrainissocool
As many of you know, I love to hear your stories of your encounters with your brains. Through a circuitous route (no other type appears to exist in my world) that involves a marvelous final MOOC project by Luiz Meier (more on that another time), I was privileged to receive the following description of a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) from Paul Van Uytrecht, a mutual Facebook friend to Luiz and me. The account below is unedited except for the insertion of a few paragraphs to make it easier to read. Please read it and then stay with me for some comments on the average SAH experience followed by comments on the concept of average more generally.
Paul Van Uytrecht’s subarachnoid bleed
“On Sunday 3rd August 2014, at around lunchtime, I developed what I now know are the classic signs of an SAH – sudden-onset severe headache, neck stiffness, nausea and some loss of balance. I can’t say that the headache was the worst that I have experienced, but it was severe and I would describe it as a burning sensation extending from both eyes over my head and into my neck. Read More