Life, After. When I tripped, I reached reflexively to break my very real fall with my completely imaginary left hand. My fall was instead broken by my nose, and my nose was broken by my fall.
posted by Memo
on Jun 14, 2014 -
John Bell Hood’s Leg
— "This marked Hood’s third major combat injury; he had suffered an arrow through the hand while fighting Comanche Indians in 1857, and had lost the function of his left arm after being struck by shell fragments at Gettysburg. Hood was a famous general, but he now faced an outlook shared by hundreds of thousands of other soldiers who were likewise injured during the war. He became dependent on the kindness of strangers, like the Little family, in order to start his long road to recovery in the midst of a realization that he would live the rest of his life as a disabled man." By Brian Craig Miller
, New York Times
, December 20, 2013.
posted by cenoxo
on Dec 21, 2013 -
"Every day in the U.S., about 500 people lose a limb. About 1,800 amputation surgeries are performed each year in Oklahoma. More than 1,600 of those — about 90 percent — are lower body amputations. So every day in Oklahoma, four people lose part or all of a leg." (Nationally, the most common procedure is toe amputation.) "These are the stories of four people living in Oklahoma — a mother, a senior, a Marine and a student — all living life on at least one prosthetic leg": Standing Tall [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Nov 7, 2011 -
The Australian cigarette health warnings
have pretty much filtered down to every retail packet that's bought now. They're pretty gruesome
and some smoking acquaintances cover them up with stickers. I thought I'd have a look around and see what other countries warnings were like. None of them were pulling any punches except for Uruguay.
posted by tellurian
on May 17, 2006 -
Remember Aron Ralston, the guy that was trapped under a boulder for six days, and escaped only by amputating his own arm? In this month's Outside Magazine, he tells his story in excruciating detail
posted by monju_bosatsu
on Sep 5, 2004 -
"Fine! I'll do it!"
Man cuts off the penis. There, I did it. It has been 2 days since the last penis-related post. This is the most recent penis-related post.
Dear Penis-amputating man:
That thing there, in the Bible, it's a metaphor!
posted by jaysoucy
on Dec 7, 2001 -
Amputation by choice
people who want to have one or more limb cut off (and in some cases achieve their desire, by self-help or medical intervention) explored in The Atlantic
posted by MattD
on Dec 13, 2000 -