Medicine: New Maladies

At fault: slots and video games

Few things delight subscribers—or editors—of medical journals more than accounts of new and weird ailments. Over the years readers of the New England Journal of Medicine have been treated to numerous such "first reports." Among them: cyclist's pudendal neuritis (genital numbness from marathon bike rides on poorly padded seats), water-skier's enema (the result of high-speed falls in a sitting position) and disco felon (a finger infection from constant finger snapping on the dance floor).

Now come two more. Space-Invaders wrist, described by Medical Student Timothy McCowan of Little Rock, Ark., is a painful stiffness resulting from...

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