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BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 20 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:973
  1. George Dunea, attending physician
  1. Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA

    Anatomy books often describe the kidneys as bean shaped, but the converse does not apply. This is because beans, multitudinous in their species, come in many different sizes and shapes. Many beans indeed look like small kidneys, but only one, the red bean, bears the name of kidney beans.

    Pythagoras advised his pupils to abstain from beans, possibly to avoid the consequences of favism from G6PD (glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase) deficiency, which is common …

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