Originally Posted by duke walker
actually a ganglion is a weakness in a joint capsule which fills with joint fluid. they sometimes go away, but usually dont. they can happen without any known trauma. they can be left alone, aspirated, injected, cut out, or hit with a bible(previously the heaviest book in a household)
Everytime one of my friends (especially the kids) get's one of these I reach for the bible (we have a huge pulpit bible) and tell the to hold out their hand. The always look at me in shock!
The early thinking (Pre-modern medicine) was that these were caused by the devil and a bible would "excise" the demon.. Since the mechanics of it worked most of the time (being struck and ruptured), the people of old believed that this was the cure.
It's always fun to see the faces of kids
: when they don't know any better. Then we explain it to them and we all have a laugh. They learn a little history and we all have a little fun with it.