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Medical Spear in the head

  1. Apr 2, 2009 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/media/ALeqM5he5maBJhjnx6v5XMKAQT9UcI_rjg [Broken]

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h5d2mCkhRUjwl0pEAXfoSKpIc-TgD97A3AJO0 [Broken]
     
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  3. Apr 2, 2009 #2

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    Of course he's done with underwater fishing! He'll never be able to in and out of the boat with that thing sticking out of his head.

    Come to think of it, there are several professions he'll no longer be able to do. Caving, driving a cab, turning around in narrow hallways. Anything indoors...
     
  4. Apr 2, 2009 #3

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    The fish strike back! :biggrin:
     
  5. Apr 2, 2009 #4
    There was another case like this on the discovery channel where they rushed a man stabbed in the head with a knife 6-7 inches deep. He was ok later on.
     
  6. Apr 2, 2009 #5

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    When did Homer move to Brazil.
     
  7. Apr 2, 2009 #6
    I looked at the video and all the scans and it seems that on the left (entry) side, the spear was limited to the eye socket and didn't injure the left hemisphere. However it looks that the tip of the spear did get into his right frontal lobe quite a way.

    Starting with the famous case of Phineas Gage:

    http://www.brainconnection.com/topics/?main=fa/phineas-gage [Broken]

    it's known that right frontal lobe injuries can cause personality alterations. There's is reason to be leary that more than his sense of smell might be affected as time goes on.
     
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  8. Apr 2, 2009 #7

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    Yes, we can already see personality changes. For instance, he now hates underwater fishing. The mind is a strange thing.
     
  9. Apr 2, 2009 #8
    He doesn't hate it, Dave. He's merely done with it, that is: he feels he's already extracted the full measure of experience it has to offer.
     
  10. Apr 2, 2009 #9

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    Not necessarily. The plane that CT scan in the stories about it is in is in line with the sinuses, so pretty far anterior, and the spear seems angled in a way that it could have just missed the brain. Though, it is at a level where the olfactory nerves enter the olfactory bulb, so that's probably why he's lost his sense of smell.

    Not that he's out of danger either. There's still risk of bleeding or infection.
     
  11. Apr 3, 2009 #10

    DaveC426913

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    Or mice moving in.
     
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