Saturday, February 6, 2010


Any sane person would read that headline and think I’m the creepiest, most deranged blogger who totally deserves a court mandated ankle bracelet. I’d have to say you’d probably be right in most cases – except this one. In fact any first year med student could back me up. The line is actually a VERY helpful mnemonic. And yes, I totally forgot what the 18pt Scrabble word meant as well. It took me a wiki, yahoo answers and a google dictionary post just to jog my memory again. A MNEMONIC is a phrase you memorize in order to aid you in memory recall. Probably the most famous one is … Every Good Boy Does Fine. This is a classic mnemonic for the music scale (E,G, B, D, F). Now back to the virgins and hymens. That line is used to help recall all of the (wait for it) CRANIAL NERVES.

I-Olfactory nerve

II-Optic nerve

III-Oculomotor nerve

IV-Trochlear nerve

V-Trigeminal nerve

VI-Abducens nerve

VII-Facial nerve

VIII-Vestibulocochlear nerve/Auditory nerve

IX-Glossopharyngeal nerve

X-Vagus nerve

XI-Accessory nerve/Spinal accessory nerve

XII-Hypoglossal nerve.

FYI…here are some cleaner mnemonic phrases to help you memorize the C-nerves –

On Old Olympus' Towering Top A Finely Vested German Viewed A Hawk

On Old Olympus' Towering Top A Finn And German Viewed Some Hops

Oh, Oh, Oh, They Traveled And Found Voldemort Guarding Very Secret Hallows

But be honest (court mandated ankle bracelet aside), which line would help you best retain this medical jargon? Harry Potter or porn?

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  1. hahahahahaha I swear I almost peed my pants laughing. Genius!

  2. You're going to get a lot of hits on this one, and a lot of disappointed pervs. lol. Funny stuff.

  3. I suppose med students have to have some fun - if only through the creation of perverse mneumonics.

    PS In answer to your question, I need to ask what you mean by "help" me the most..?


  4. which phrase would best help you retain all that medical jargon.

  5. I'm hopeful my brain would resist a connection between touching virgins' hymens and medical jargon. I'd go with Harry. Nah, I'd create my own. Off the cuff, something like: "Oh Oh Oh..Viking Guys' Virile Anatomy (Happily)."

  6. When I saw that title... WOWSERS! Now that I have read the entire post... HILARIOUS! Leave it to the med students!

  7. Your blog is absolutely hilarious... By the way my grandpa always wants to get Generic Viagra when he see a beautiful girl as her.

  8. Haha am a medical student and definitely remember learning this, hilarious! Another 'tamer' one we came up with was "obviously, once one takes the anatomy finals, very good vodka alleviates heartache."

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