Thursday, 3 November 2011

Diagnosing Tiny Tim: What ailed Scrooge's little friend?

One of the country's favorite holiday stories contains a medical mystery that over the years has tested medical sleuths. 
A Christmas Carol, today best known as Scrooge, has transcended the boundaries of time since it was written in 1843 with its basic messages of good will to all mankind. And, now with the story easily available on video or DVD, it continues to remind us all to be kind to one another. 
But, as we move further into the 21st Century, for some fans of the Charles Dickens classic, it still leaves one question unanswered. What exactly was wrong with Bob Cratchit's youngest son, Tiny Tim? As the World Wide Web has grown, theories of what ailed Tiny Tim have spread.
The Symptoms 
Thanks to the Ghost of Christmas Present, we know that Tiny Tim would soon die. We know that Tiny Tim used a crutch, was very small, and very sick. ...
Read the full article at Newswise: "Diagnosing Tiny Tim: What the Internet's Medical Sleuths Say Ailed Scrooge's Little Friend, and One Doctor's Opinion"

A doff of the hat to @markwinter56 on Twitter!

Illustration: Bob Cratchit holds Tiny Tim in a
19th-century illustration by Fred Barnard

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