For some people, the whole world's a stage. For me, the stage is apparently just a world of medical disorders. Today, I was listening to the soundtrack of "Rent," in which Mimi sings about her S+M work at the "Cat Scratch Club." Then I realized: Was Jonathan Larson making a reference to Cat Scratch Fever? Cat Scratch Fever often manifests as Bacillary Epitheliod Angiomatosis, an infection featuring red papules, due to proliferation of small, round, blood vessels. It is caused by the Bartonella Henseli bacteria, which usually enters the body after the host is scratched by a feline. However, it is also a very common Clinical Category "B" symptom for HIV. Was Jonathan Larson making a medical allusion about his character, Mimi, the HIV-positive exotic dancer?
I am a medical student in California. Disclaimer: I take patient privacy very seriously. When I talk about a 22-year-old, 5"5, 125 lb. African-American female with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, please understand that my real patient might be a 65-year-old, 6"2, 220 lb. Caucasian patient with lung cancer. In other words, I have completely distorted the facts about my patients, and sometimes even completely made up stories. Additionally, I am not a licensed physician, and you should trust your grandma's shaman for medical advice before you trust this blog.