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Enlarged spleens

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Here's something random. Sepoy over at Chapati Mystery has a post about Bahr al-Fava’id (Sea of Virtues), a 12th century text written for the education of kings and princes. Apparently, in a section titled "On the Wonders of Cities" it says:

If one settles in Bahrain, his spleen will enlarge and become swollen.

Ermm... okay... thanks for the warning Sepoy.

On a slightly less morbid note, Sepoy has also got a very interesting post about Bernard Lewis if that interests any of you.

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11 Responses to 'Enlarged spleens'


Blogger shawarmaboy says:

The enlarged spleen issue probably came from what is now known as KALA-AZAR, or Dum-Dum fever aka Visceral Leishmaniasis. Caused by sandfly bites. Fun stuff...    

Anonymous Anonymous says:

Hi Chan'ad,

There is a good entry on Bush at http://realvoice.blogspot.com    

Blogger sume says:

Jee whiz, Chan'ad. Is there anything else you've forgotten to warn me about? :D

What are sand flies?    

Blogger shawarmaboy says:
11/18/2004 05:22:00 pm

Sandflys are kind of like mosquitoes. Don't worry too much about them.    

Blogger sume says:
11/19/2004 06:28:00 pm

Thanks, shawarmaboy. Exactly what do you mean by "too much"?    

Blogger shawarmaboy says:
11/19/2004 09:21:00 pm

I mean DON'T WORRY about them. Just use repellant if your feel better doing so. Odds are you won't get infected. Besides the Island has GREAT medical care. This isn't the 1800's!    

Blogger sume says:
11/19/2004 09:39:00 pm

Ick! I didn't mean it like that. I hate bugs! Besides, I'm coming from the U.S. where quality health care is scarce and hard to aqcuire. Unless of course, you're lucky enough to be loaded or land a job in a major company. OUF! Don't get me started.    

Anonymous Anonymous says:
11/20/2004 12:00:00 am

An enlarged spleen, ha? I had to seek my doctor's advice! You see, I am lucky enough to have a resident doctor (my husband!!) at home!
His response was: "You suffer from an enlarged spleen if you have sickle cell anaemia!!!"
It isn't funny but sickle cell anaemia and other blood diseases are a REAL problem in Bahrain.
Thanks to age-old traditions which encourage and sometimes even force marriages between cousins, we have an acute problem with regards to hereditary blood diseases in Bahrain.
It is sad to note that 12-century writers had commented on it but nothing was done to sort it out.
Whether you are in 1309 or 2004, things don't seem to change in this Kingdom!
It really is the land of eternity. Where everything stays the SAME!
Amira    

Blogger Chanad says:
11/20/2004 12:19:00 am

Sume, let me just say that in all my years in Bahrain, I have never been bitten by a sandfly, nor did I even know that such bugs reside here. I don't recall ever seeing a sandfly. So it's probably not something you need to worry about. I think Shawarmaboy is just trying to scare you.

But if you don't like lizards... hmm... then you might have a problem :)    

Blogger shawarmaboy says:
11/20/2004 02:57:00 am

Chan'ad

Trying to scare her? Come on!!!! You know me better than that!!! I told her not to worry about it!! Now if she had a shawarma in her hand and I was HUNGRY you might have a point but the Sandfly/Enlarged spleen issue is based on sound research and in my view you have a better chance of drowning in your shower than getting an enlarged spleen from them in this day and age. Now in ages past this was not the case.    

Blogger sume says:
11/20/2004 07:53:00 am

LOL. I lived in Florida for several years. Sand flies can't be worse than their mosquitoes and West Nile. Lizards were everywhere, the kind that change from brown to green. I got use to those and we even kept a few as pets. Insha'Allah, I think I'll be alright with it. What I really hate are those gigantor roaches!

I had the best shawarma when I went to Lebanon. That was years ago. I haven't been able to find any in the U.S. that tastes near as good.    

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