J O'C wrote:
>>I was somewhat bemused to an unusual rendition of Michaelangelo's statue of
>>David (Florence, Italy) on the worldlab99 website
>>http://www.worldlab99.it/frames.htm The iconic representation of David is
>>gracefully restricted to the neck up.
21 participants responded to this case.
4 would measure GH serially on the same specimen, to see if it correlated
7 queried fluctuant macroangelopathy
8 would give statins, presumably to keep things constant, although they were
unable to agree on the quantitive risk, or the fraction of the population who
should be treated.
1 would perform head space analysis.
Several laboratories reported that they had recently given up stone analysis
and now sent all specimens to another laboratory. AssayFinder has 5
laboratories offering this.
The IT Group reviewed classification systems. It appeared that there was a
widely used American system (see footnote), but the European body responsible
(as opposed to the responsible European body) had attempted to produce a
better system. The report was not available, but BA and the Belgian Hoteliers
Association wished to express their appreciation.
1 radiologist who joined the mail group by mistake put in a business case for
a new cranial CT scanner. Although the current one was only two years old
he'd been to a conference where a manufacturer had told him it was now
I concluded that this must be relapsing osteopetrosis (check the synonyms). I
recommended that no further biochemical investigations were appropriate and
would 'phone the GP to suggest that this should be handled by clinical
judgment (but that's what I always say.)
Footnote on classification
1) MARBLE (Subheading 6802.91) v. LIMESTONE (Subheading
Geologists regard limestone and marble as distinct geological
entities. Admittedly, the two stones have a similar chemical
composition, since the principal component in both limestone and
marble is calcium carbonate. However, marble and limestone are
physically very different. Marble is limestone which has been
recrystallized. The process of recrystallization makes limestone and
marble two distinct stones.
Numerous rulings issued by Customs Headquarters have held that
geological definitions of stone must be followed under the
Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS). Although polished limestone
(or limestone capable of taking a polish) is often called "marble" in
the trade, Headquarters has ruled that it is classifiable as other
calcareous stone in subheading 6802.92.00, HTS, not as marble in
subheading 6802.91. Since geological definitions govern the
classification of stone under the HTS and these two stones are
regarded as distinct geological entities, limestone may not be
classified as marble.
Since polished limestone (or limestone capable of taking a polish) is
often referred to in the trade as "marble," limestone is often
invoiced as marble and importers frequently enter limestone
incorrectly as marble in subheading 6802.91, HTS. However,
Customs does not equate limestone capable of taking a polish with
marble. The crucial factor in the classification of limestone is its
Limestone (classifiable in subheading 6802.92) and marble
(classifiable in subheading 6802.91) are two geologically distinct
stones because of the physical difference between them. Since
marble (a metamorphic rock) is formed when limestone
recrystallizes in the earth over a long period of time, marble is a
much more crystalline stone than limestone. On the other hand,
limestone is a sedimentary rock which contains a higher percentage
of fossil material. Since limestone is frequently entered incorrectly
as marble, we send samples of products entered as marble to the U.S.
Customs laboratory for analysis. In some cases, the laboratory will
find that it does not have the degree of crystallinity required of
genuine marble. When laboratory analysis reveals that a specific
stone has been entered incorrectly as marble, the Import Specialist
will issue a rate advance notice and advise the importer regarding
the correct classification for this item.
(2) MARBLE (Subheading 6802.91) v. SERPENTINE (Subheadings
6802.99 and 7116.20)
Serpentine is sometimes referred to as "marble" in the trade.
However, serpentine and marble are geologically distinct. As
explained above, limestone and marble are regarded as different
geological entities because of the great physical difference between
these two stones. Serpentine is geologically distinct from marble
because its chemical composition is different. While the principal
component of marble is calcium carbonate, the principal component
of serpentine is magnesium silicate. Marble and serpentine are two
totally different stones. Therefore, serpentine may not be classified
as marble in subheading 6802.91 even though it is often called
"marble" in the trade.
Building stone (slabs and tiles) of serpentine is classifiable in
subheading 6802.99.00, HTS, as other monumental or building
stone. (Subheading 6802.92 is not applicable because serpentine is
not a calcareous stone.)