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 [log in to unmask] Question authority, but please raise your hand first. Thank you.