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The Quick 10: 10 Self-Operations

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Listverse always has incredibly interesting topics, but this one by author Blogball particularly caught my eye today. Some are heroic, some are just nuts, and all of them are guaranteed to make you grimace at least once.
I summarized Blogball's list, but you should definitely check out Listverse for pictures and a much more detailed list. Then again, if you're totally squicked out by this list, maybe you should just stop right here.

trepanning1. Ines Ramirez, self C-Section. If that doesn't make every female reading this wince, I don't know what will! She sawed through her skin, fat and muscle with a knife and extracted the baby. Everyone ended up being fine, although she had to have surgery to fix the damage she did to her intestines.

2. Amanda Feilding, trepanation. I bet most of our intrepid mental_floss readers know what trepanation is, but in case you don't, it's when a hole is drilled through the skull to allow for better blood flow. At one point in time, it was thought to cure all kinds of ailments. Ms. Feilding thought it might work to relieve her fatigue but couldn't find a doctor to do it, so she performed the trepanation herself. Then she went and had a steak dinner and went out for the evening.
3 . Aron Ralston, self amputation. You probably remember Aron "“ he is a mountain climber who was pinned by a boulder and trapped for five days.

He amputated his right arm, which was trapped under the boulder, and then had to rappel down a cliff and hike out of the canyon to get help. He now has a prosthetic arm and still likes to mountain climb.

4 .Douglas Goodale, self amputation. This lobster fisherman got his hand and arm caught in a winch while out on the sea. His body was actually hanging out over the ocean, so he had to dislocate his shoulder in order to get himself back in the boat. The only way for him to free himself was to cut off his arm"¦ so he did. Then he drove the boat back to the harbor to seek medical help. He's fine today, and still catching lobster.

5. Dr. Leonid Rogozov, self appendectomy. Dr. R. was stationed at an Antarctic base when he discovered he was suffering from acute appendicitis. He had some people help him hold mirrors and retractors, but performed the entire surgery himself using just local anesthetic. He was back to work in two weeks.

nielsen6. Dr. Jerri Nielsen, self biopsy. She was stations at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in 1999 when she found a lump in her breast. So, naturally, she performed a biopsy. The results were inconclusive; the military sent a plane with medical supplies and she performed another one. The lump was cancerous, so she started to give herself chemotherapy. When she made it back to the States, she had a mastectomy "“ her cancer is now in remission.
7. Sampson Parker, self amputation. Just last year, Sampson Parker was bringing in his harvest when his hand got caught in the rollers of a machine. Even worse, the machinery began to throw off sparks and caught the grass and debris on fire. He knew if he didn't get out immediately he would die, so he sawed his arm off with his pocketknife and dropped to the ground to break the bone. He survived, and while he recovered, his neighbors harvested the rest of his corn for him.

8. Joannes Lethaeus, self kidney stone removal. This is an oldie "“ it happened in the 1600s. He used a knife and cut a wound in his perineum, then stuck two fingers in the wound to pull the stone out, which documents say was the size of a hen's egg. Oh. My. God.

9. Dr Evan O'Neill Kane, self appendectomy and hernia repair. Out to prove that general anesthesia was way overused, the good doctor removed his appendix using just local anesthetic. Then, at the age of 70, he repaired his own hernia in just under two hours.

10. Deborah Sampson, self extraction of musket ball. She pretended to be a man and enlisted in the Continental Army in 1782. When she was shot, she refused to go to a hospital because she didn't want her true sex to be discovered. So she removed the musket ball in her thigh by herself, using a penknife and a sewing needle.

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6 Radiant Facts About Irène Joliot-Curie
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Though her accomplishments are often overshadowed by those of her parents, the elder daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie was a brilliant researcher in her own right.

1. SHE WAS BORN TO, AND FOR, GREATNESS.

A black and white photo of Irene and Marie Curie in the laboratory in 1925.
Irène and Marie in the laboratory, 1925.
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Irène’s birth in Paris in 1897 launched what would become a world-changing scientific dynasty. A restless Marie rejoined her loving husband in the laboratory shortly after the baby’s arrival. Over the next 10 years, the Curies discovered radium and polonium, founded the science of radioactivity, welcomed a second daughter, Eve, and won a Nobel Prize in Physics. The Curies expected their daughters to excel in their education and their work. And excel they did; by 1925, Irène had a doctorate in chemistry and was working in her mother’s laboratory.

2. HER PARENTS' MARRIAGE WAS A MODEL FOR HER OWN.

Like her mother, Irène fell in love in the lab—both with her work and with another scientist. Frédéric Joliot joined the Curie team as an assistant. He and Irène quickly bonded over shared interests in sports, the arts, and human rights. The two began collaborating on research and soon married, equitably combining their names and signing their work Irène and Frédéric Joliot-Curie.

3. SHE AND HER HUSBAND WERE AN UNSTOPPABLE PAIR.

Black and white photo of Irène and Fréderic Joliot-Curie working side by side in their laboratory.
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Their passion for exploration drove them ever onward into exciting new territory. A decade of experimentation yielded advances in several disciplines. They learned how the thyroid gland absorbs radioiodine and how the body metabolizes radioactive phosphates. They found ways to coax radioactive isotopes from ordinarily non-radioactive materials—a discovery that would eventually enable both nuclear power and atomic weaponry, and one that earned them the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935.

4. THEY FOUGHT FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE.

The humanist principles that initially drew Irène and Frédéric together only deepened as they grew older. Both were proud members of the Socialist Party and the Comité de Vigilance des Intellectuels Antifascistes (Vigilance Committee of Anti-Fascist Intellectuals). They took great pains to keep atomic research out of Nazi hands, sealing and hiding their research as Germany occupied their country, Irène also served as undersecretary of state for scientific research of the Popular Front government.

5. SHE WAS NOT CONTENT WITH THE STATUS QUO.

Irène eventually scaled back her time in the lab to raise her children Hélène and Pierre. But she never slowed down, nor did she stop fighting for equality and freedom for all. Especially active in women’s rights groups, she became a member of the Comité National de l'Union des Femmes Françaises and the World Peace Council.

6. SHE WORKED HERSELF TO DEATH.

Irène’s extraordinary life was a mirror of her mother’s. Tragically, her death was, too. Years of watching radiation poisoning and cancer taking their toll on Marie never dissuaded Irène from her work. In 1956, dying of leukemia, she entered the Curie Hospital, where she followed her mother’s luminous footsteps into the great beyond.

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You Can Now Order Food Through Facebook
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After a bit of controversy over its way of aggregating news feeds and some questionable content censoring policies, it’s nice to have Facebook roll out a feature everyone can agree on: allowing you to order food without leaving the social media site.

According to a press release, Facebook says that the company decided to begin offering food delivery options after realizing that many of its users come to the social media hub to rate and discuss local eateries. Rather than hop from Facebook to the restaurant or a delivery service, you’ll be able to stay within the app and select from a menu of food choices. Just click “Order Food” from the Explore menu on a desktop interface or under the “More” option on Android or iOS devices. There, you’ll be presented with options that will accept takeout or delivery orders, as well as businesses participating with services like Delivery.com or EatStreet.

If you need to sign up and create an account with Delivery.com or Jimmy John’s, for example, you can do that without leaving Facebook. The feature is expected to be available nationally, effective immediately.

[h/t Forbes]

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