More folksy metaphors, please

by Mike

Also in the 1937 Journal of Infectious Diseases, a pleasing approach to explaining the mechanism of bacterial clearance by phagocytes.

We don’t see many extended metaphors in scientific papers today. If you want to illustrate how something works, you don’t compare it to some other mechanism, you draw a simplified diagram with a bunch of arrows. But I like the more folksy approach of Arthur Locke of the Western Pennsylvania Hospital.

From Locke A (1937), Lack of Fitness as the Predisposing Factor in Infections of the Type Encountered in Pneumonia and in the Common Cold, J Inf Dis 60(1):106-112 (available from JSTOR, but subscription required).

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I also like the use of the word “snuffles”.

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