oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - The bacterium and the platypus : a lateral view

Volume 25, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1015-8782
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1084



Bacteria, platypuses, Eco and a poem: such is the mind of a poor pre-exam registrar. Madness or method? I prefer to think the latter because all are associated in some way or another with a list. To the non-microbiologist a cursory glance over even the most basic text would lead you to understand my present state of mind which may explain why, when taking a 'break' at the bookshop recently I was stopped dead in my browsing by Umberto Eco's recent book, 'The Infinity of Lists'! Although not displayed in the self help section, this encounter resulted in a very rapid transaction between the bookseller and my bank account as I was secretly and I daresay even desperately hoping for an Oprah-esque "Aha moment" and transformation. Alas this was not to be. However, for me at least, the list will never be the same again.

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