"Pawn Ball Megakaryocytes": From the Marvellous Medici and Dear Old Saint Nick to the Unsanctified Marrow of Myelodysplasia

@article{Steensma2003PawnBM,
  title={"Pawn Ball Megakaryocytes": From the Marvellous Medici and Dear Old Saint Nick to the Unsanctified Marrow of Myelodysplasia},
  author={David P. Steensma},
  journal={Hematology},
  year={2003},
  volume={8},
  pages={11 - 18}
}
Abstract The worlds of biology and medicine in general, and the discipline of hematology in particular, enjoy a rich lexicon full of fascinating etymologies. The term "Pawn Ball Megakaryocytes" has been used to describe a peculiar type of abnormal cell that can be found in bone marrow samples taken from some patients with the myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). The three-ball pawnbroker's symbol that these megakaryocytes resemble is ancient and may have derived from the insignia of the Medici… 
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