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The singing brain doctor

Perry was awarded Professor of the Year from the Class of 2007 (KWMU photo/Tom Weber)

By Tom Weber, KWMU


St. Louis, MO – As students across the St. Louis region leave for another day at school today, it's entirely possible one - or many - of them will become bored during class.

They can't help it! Monotone teachers and dry subjects are the perfect recipe for a nap.

KWMU's Tom Weber found one teacher who jazzes things up with song. The fact that he sings isn't what catches students off guard; it's how well he does it. He is, after all, a classically-trained tenor whose hobbies include being a member of the American Kantorei at Concordia Seminary.

CNS Toxoplasmosis

(Music to 'O Sole Mio' by E. di Capua; Lyrics by Arie Perry, MD)

Toxoplasma gondii, an opportunistic parasite
Afflicting patients who are immunocompromised
In the central nervous system, lesions are necrotizing
In neonates and HIV, that is where you're gonna see, a problem Chorus:
Toxoplasmosis, a feline pest
Keep it in your differential, so you don't fail the test
Remember, it's treatable
With the right antibiotics, lesions regress
(2nd time add: With the right antibiotics, lesions regress)

On brain biopsy, of an enhancing lesion
There's vasculitis and encephalitis
Abscess formation and rod cell activation
There are bradyzoite cysts and tachyzoites exist as free forms



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