Today’s Infested Yet Truly Morbid Fact!
During the American Civil War, osteomyelitis (infection of the bone) was treated somewhat differently by the opposing sides. Both sides used cold compresses, local debridement, drainage, and amputation to treat bone infections. However, a unique form of treatment was developed serendipitously by the South during the war. A group of Confederate surgeons, imprisoned in Chattanooga, had been denied supplies to keep their men’s wounds clean. Subsequently, maggots infested the wounds and, surprisingly, cases of osteomyelitis and gangrene were cured. After their release, the surgeons applied this method in Southern hospitals, which led to improved results. The North continued to have poor responses to treatment because they scrupulously eliminated all maggots from their soldiers’ wounds. Maggot treatment was eventually rediscovered. Maggots bred under sterile conditions were used to treat osteomyelitis during World War I and were reported to have excellent results.
Fine(ly Designed) Wine!
If you’re like me, you buy your wine exclusively based upon the quality of the label. And there are few labels that are more enticing to me than those produced by Orin Swift. I want them all – and I don’t even like wine very much! Well done, Orin Swift! Here are a few of my faves:
Mannequin Chardonnay (which comes in a skateboard deck too):