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Song Parodies -> "Where has Neurosyphilis Gone?"

Original Song Title:

"Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Pete Seeger

Parody Song Title:

"Where has Neurosyphilis Gone?"

Parody Written by:

Giorgio Coniglio

The Lyrics

This song was written 2 months ago as a personal lament on the apparent lack of progress in the understanding and treatment of dementia. Fortunately, there appears to have been a very recent landmark discovery, bringing hope for the future.
Where is early Alzheimer’s?
- Home-care agencies
Mod’rate cases, few years passed?
- Fill long-term nursing homes
Weren’t some medications tried?
- Functions slid and patients died;
Care system’s overburdened -
When will we ever learn?

Where has neurosyphilis gone?
Headstones fading
Textbooks say it filled asylums
Long time ago.
Where Trep. pallidum would lurk,
Course of Penicillin works,
One thing we clearly learned
One thing we clearly learned.

Where is all the Wernicke’s
encephalopathy?
Confabulating, filling wards
I saw it long ago.
Malnourished boozers off the road
Saved by whopping thiamine load -
Another thing we’ve learned
A useful thing we’ve learned.

Hypothyroid mania?
- Hormone treatment
Tots doomed by leukodystrophy?
- Lorenzo’s oil
Polio? - Almost gone, my son,
Vaccinated everyone.
Perhaps, few things we’ve learned?
I guess few things we’ve learned.

Where’s dementia research gone?
Some fills graveyards
Prod choline receptors? – seems not
helpful in long term.
Inhibit amyloid?
- Doesn’t fill the treatment void.
Where’s that key thing to learn?
Where’s that key thing to learn?

Where have “the Alzheimers’” gone?
- Home-care agencies.
Mod’rate cases, few years passed?
- Fill long-term nursing homes.
Weren’t “preventive measures” done?
- Gone to graveyards every one;
Care-givers overburdened -
I hope someday we’ll learn.

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Callmelennie - July 23, 2014 - Report this comment
My dad was assigned to a third stage, neuro-syphilis ward when he was in med school a few centuries ago. He said one of the distinctive signs of a patient so afflicted was the "Syphilis Stomp." These patients couldn't sense when their feet had touched the ground when they took a normal step, so they had to instinctively stomp the floor to make themselves aware they had finished their step. Otherwise, they would sense that they were about to fall
Giorgio Coniglio - July 23, 2014 - Report this comment
@CML: a remarkable comment. The version on my blog has "luetic" (syphilitic) stomping instead of "headstones fading", but as I went to post the song here I felt that reference would be way too obscure. You can never predict when cognoscenti will appear. GioLio.
Giorgio Coniglio - July 23, 2014 - Report this comment
And, BTW, occasional patients with NS who didn't have the strange gait were apparently indistinguishable from those with early-onset Alzheimer's.

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