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Fun of writing about “that wormy world”! When the worms impregnated my American Secretary!

By : Prof. M. S. Khuroo         Dated : 07/22/2018

Fun of writing about “that wormy world”! When the worms impregnated my American Secretary!

Gastroenterology Clinics of North America” was to publish volume 25, number 3 (September 1, 1996) on “Parasitic Diseases of Liver and Intestines”. Prof. Joel V. Weinstock, Chief Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Tufts University School of Medicine edited this volume. He invited me to write a chapter on “Ascariasis”. I wrote the review along with well-designed images and graphics on the parasite. Prior to sending it to the editor, I asked my American Secretary [Lucey, name withheld] at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to edit & retype it in the Journal format. She completed the job in few days and I despatched the article to the editor of the “Clinics”. Over the next few days, I watched Lucey (the American Secretary) throwing up every morning (vomiting) on the washbasin. I had seen her with her boyfriend in the cafeteria. I asked her, “Lucey, what is going on. Is your boyfriend so active? Are you expecting (pregnant)?”. She replied “No, Doc., I have ben impregnated by your review article!” I was shell-shocked as to how a written matter can impregnate an American Lady. To that, this is what she answered, “Doc., Since I have read, edited and drafted your article on Ascariasis, I see round worms moving in my belly, chest, on my skin and around in the room all the time. It gives me a terrible sensation and I feel miserable. However, as soon as I reach the office and see you, the sensation is so intense, that I start throwing up. I have been impregnated by these round worms.” I apologized for the misery she passed through and allowed her off (leave) for a week to de-impregnate herself from the worms through support from her boyfriend. While so, the 25-page review article on Ascariasis in “Gastroenterology Clinics of North America” with its classical figures and graphics became a treasure on the subject and is referred very often in literature. Years after, Lucey told me that she has never ordered or eaten Spaghetti/noodles as the idea/view makes her to remember the akin structures namely the worms.