Respectful Insolence

Sexual imagery in an immunology text?

Continuing to some extent a theme from the other day, I wish my textbooks had read like this one.

I have to say, this is the first time I’ve ever seen the term ménage à trois in a science textbook. It’s also used as a surprisingly good analogy, although I wonder how the author would know about what constitutes a “successful” ménage à trois.


  1. #1 HP
    May 6, 2006

    I would guess that a successful ménage à trois is one that doesn’t end in the bitter dissolution of the initiating ménage à deux in a morass of jealousy, anger, fear, and suspicion.

    Not that I’d know anything about that.

  2. #2 epador
    May 6, 2006

    Dang Tornado!

    I’ll admit to batting 000 at three attempts in my distant pagan past. Hey, I’ll blame the other two for initiating, it sure wasn’t my idea after the first failure. I thought the note about how improbable a success would be in the textbook appropriate. I guess I am just one unlucky dendritic cell…

  3. #3 David J Kroll
    May 6, 2006

    One of my teaching mentors advised me to view the lecture hall like theatre and use stories and imagery to keep the interest of my bored pharmacy, medical, and nursing students. As a fellow Bowie fan, I love to use musical references in my teaching – in fact, you could expand this post to discuss how sex, drugs, and rock n roll could be used most effectively in health professions education. Anyway, I used the case of Sex Pistols bass player Sid Vicious to explain opiate receptor tolerance (and his death from heroin overdose after opioid-free imprisonment on suspicion of murdering his girlfriend) and had the story and my pharm hypothesis published in a peer-reviewed but very low-impact educational journal. If I can get my students to remember anything, I’ll use almost any method that gets through to them.

    Keep up the great writing, doc!

  4. #4 Ruth
    May 7, 2006

    I once tutored my non-chem major friends in chemistry. When they couldn’t understand amphoterism, I explained that it’s like bisexuallity. Amphoteric substances can act as acids or bases. In the 30 years since, they still remember that, even if they forgot all the rest.

  5. #5 Greg P
    May 7, 2006

    There’s such a logical disconnect there that one can only but think that the author must be revealing some personal issues as much as anything else.

  6. #6 Silvia Jayanti
    May 24, 2006

    I don’t mind if you send me text concern Theory of Sexual Imaginery. Please.

  7. #7 Silvia Jayanti
    May 24, 2006

    I don’t mind if you send me text concern Theory of Sexual Imaginery. Please.

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