Tam OShanter sign

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Tam OShanter sign

Tam OShanter hat image from New Medical Terms

Tam OShanter hat


A descriptive term for a finding on a plain scout film of the skull in patients with advanced Paget’s disease of bone, which the author who coined the term likened to the hat linked to Tam O’Shanter in illustrations of Robert Burns’ same-named poem. 

Tam OShanter sign image from New Medical Terms

skull film with Tam OShanter sign

Tam OShanter

When chapmen billies leave the street,

And drouthy neibors, neibors meet,

As market days are wearing late,

An’ folk begin to tak the gate;

While we sit bousing at the nappy,

And getting fou and unco happy,

We think na on the lang Scots miles,

The mosses, waters, slaps, and styles,

That lie between us and our hame,

Where sits our sulky sullen dame.

Gathering her brows like gathering storm,

Nursing her wrath to keep it warm.

This truth fand honest Tam o’ Shanter,

As he frae Ayr ae night did canter,

(Auld Ayr, wham ne’er a town surpasses

For honest men and bonie lasses.)


References RadioGraphics 2002;22:1191-1216 


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