What do Sheep Have to do with Blood Transfusions?
Today blood transfusion is a common life-saving treatment for trauma patients, surgical patients, and others. Jean-Baptiste Denys, personal physician to Frances’s Louis XIV, is generally credited with performing the first human blood transfusion. In 1667, Denys transfused a 15-year-old boy who had been bled so much by his doctor that he required an infusion of blood with sheep’s blood. And, somehow, the patient survived!
Subsequent transfusions using sheep’s blood were not as successful, however, and the practice was eventually banned. Physicians at the time were unaware of the danger not only of interspecies transfusions but of the fact that human beings possessed different, generally incompatible, blood types. The four major blood groups were not identified until the first decade of the 20th century; by World War I transfusions had become more common.
Mystery Foreign Body in the Eye
A twelve-year old boy was brought to the paediatrician by his parents after the boy complained that he could not see well out of his left eye, and that he was sensitive to light. When the paediatrician examined the boy, he found that the eye was red, painful, and contained small fine hair-like foreign bodies buried deep in the outer layer of the cornea.
The boy revealed that he loved playing in the empty fields near his house and collecting caterpillars. The foreign bodies in the eye were later identified as caterpillar hairs.
Can Buttoning Your Shirt Cause Panic Attacks?
Louisa Francis is thirty-four-year old mother who lives in Newcastle, England. She also suffers from Koumpounophobia, or fear of buttons.
When Louisa was seven years old a childhood game that involved buttons, and which she refuses to even name owing to her immense fear, so terrified her that to this day the sight of buttons can cause panic attacks. She refuses to buy her daughter clothes with buttons, and during a recent trip to the super market had to leave before making her purchases when the checkout girl had a shirt with oversized buttons on it.
Like most phobia patients, Louisa knows that her fear is irrational, but that does not make it any less real to her. Louisa is now studying counselling to help herself and others learn to deal with phobias such as Koumpounophobia.
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