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Monday, December 10, 2007

Medical → Frostbite on fingers (Russia)

This man being drunk slept in snow-drift, mercury 40 below (in winter). Fortunately he was not frozen to death, but his fingers were amputated as a result of severe frostbite.

Frostbite occurs when tissues freeze. This condition happens when you are exposed to temperatures below the freezing point of skin. The condition has long been recognized. A 5000-year-old pre-Columbian mummy discovered in the Chilean mountains offers the earliest documented evidence of frostbite. More recently, Napoleon's surgeon general, Baron Dominique Larrey, provided the first description of the mechanisms of frostbite in 1812, during his army's retreat from Moscow. He also noted the harmful effects of the freeze-thaw-freeze cycle endured by soldiers who would warm their frozen hands and feet over the campfire at night only to refreeze those same parts by the next morning. Although frostbite used to be a military problem, it is now a civilian one as well. Most people who get frostbite are males aged 30-49 years. The nose, cheeks, ears, fingers, and toes (your extremities) are most commonly affected. Everyone is susceptible, even people who have been living in cold climates for most of their lives.

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2009-04-11 17:08:33

It's his own fault for getting drunk and falling asleep, though I won't take that as gospel as most of the descriptions above the pictures on this site are completely made up
2009-04-10 16:01:34

this is very unfortunate
2009-03-28 09:09:43

dont forget the gloves !
2009-03-16 08:28:14

I will never get druk again in winter
2009-01-11 21:39:31

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