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In article <[log in to unmask]>, [log in to unmask] wrote:
 
>        A student was told there is a published "serum porcelain" level
>(NOT serum porphyrin).  It seems to be a medical humor item.
>        We searched through MEDLINE for that phrase, but found nothing.  I
>checked the Encyclopedia of Associations looking for a medical humor
>organization for him to contact, but found none.  We also tried a couple of
> WWW search engines, but found nothing.
>        Does this phrase ring a bell with anyone?  Thanks!
>        Martha Kirby    [log in to unmask]
 
Yes, this is a joke. I have heard it used on rounds as a type of code,
often spoken in front of the patient (who has no idea...). It refers to the
fact that a patient is a "crock" (made out of porcelain, don't ya know).
 
Mark
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