And now some lighter fare for your Friday afternoon…I got an interesting bit from my friends at the American College of emergency Physicians yesterday. These are the same folks who turned me on to the issue of kung-fu colitis, which people in my mixed martial arts class found pretty entertaining. Regardless…
Today’s bit is about an interesting bit of pirate-inspired medicine, believe it or not. Pirates, of course have been out in front of modern medical treatment and recompense before, having pioneered a rudimentary form of workers compensation during the days of the Spanish Main, where buccaneers who suffered permanently debilitating injuries on the work site, as it were, could receive some kind of lump-sum payment to offset their missing body part.
As it turns out, we have pirates to thank for a bit of medical treatment that is enjoying a renaissance today – hip relocation. Modern hip relocation – popping a dislocated hip back into place – typicall involves a medical technician standing above the patient, bent over, and pulling the leg up and back, so that it eventually pops back into place. Like so: