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Hyperthermic

This parody (written by Greg Crowther) is sung to the tune of "Hot Hot Hot" (written by Alphonsus Cassell and performed by Buster Poindexter).


Context

This song, based on the symptom of "feeling hot-hot-hot," was originally written for Biology 351 at UW-Bothell. I like to perform this in the role of a "singing patient" who needs both attention and a diagnosis. To show that they are paying attention, students can echo the "hot hot hot" part, etc. (Their lines are in parentheses.)


Lyrics

Oy vey, oy vey,
Oy vey, oy vey!
(Oy vey, oy vey,
Oy vey, oy vey!)

What am I getting?
I'm flushed and sweating,
And I'm hot hot hot!
(Hot hot hot!)

My pulse is screaming;
It's like I'm dreaming,
But I'm not not not.
(Not not not.)

A bulging neck
And bulging eyes --
Yet my waist
Has shrunk in size.

Tell me how,
In middle age,
Can I be low
in TSH....

...But hyperthermic?
(Hyperthermic?)
Hyperthermic?
(Hyperthermic?)
Feeling hot hot hot?
(Feeling hot hot hot?)
Feeling hot hot hot?
(Feeling hot hot hot?)
Feeling hot hot hot!
(Feeling hot hot hot!)


Other Files

sheet music (with melody play-back)


Lesson Plan

Songs like this one can be used during class meetings and/or in homework assignments. Either way, the song will be most impactful if students DO something with it, as opposed to just listening.

An initial, simple follow-up activity could be to answer the study questions below. A more extensive interaction with the song might entail (A) learning to sing it, using the audio file and/or sheet music as a guide, or (B) designing kinesthetic movements ("dance moves") to embody it. The latter activity should begin with students identifying the most important or most challenging content of the song, and deciding how to illustrate that particular content.


Study Questions

(1) Are this patient's symptoms consistent with Graves' Disease?

(2) Why does this patient have a "bulging neck"?

(3) Why are TSH levels low in this patient?

(Answers may be found on the answers page.)