2008年3月12日 星期三

convalescence, pycnodysostosis

Cover Artwork
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901). At the Moulin Rouge: The Dance (1890)
Oil on canvas (115.6 cm × 149.9 cm). Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Henry P. Mcllhenny Collection in memory of Frances P. Mcllhenny, 1986



When he was 13, his life began to change: "I fell off a low chair onto the floor and broke my left thigh," he wrote a friend. After a long convalescence, he could only walk lopsidedly "like a duck." Fifteen months later, he fell again: "The second fracture was caused by a fall scarcely heavier than the first" (3). Henri, it appeared, had some unknown bone disease, a congenital condition, possibly pycnodysostosis (4). Despite the best available care and while the rest of his body continued to grow, the legs atrophied. He supported himself on a cane, which was surprisingly short since his trunk and arms were of normal length. Walking caused him pain and embarrassment.

convalescence (kŏn'və-lĕs'əns) pronunciation

n. ━━ n. 回復(期).
  1. Gradual return to health and strength after illness.
  2. The period needed for returning to health after illness.


pycnodysostosis 固縮骨發育障礙

pronunciation

IN BRIEF: n. - A form of dwarfism accompanied by fragile bones and bad teeth.

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