Surgery and Birthdays Don't Mix
Body of Knowledge
An adult human contains 1.2 to 1.5 gallons of blood, accounting for 8% to 10% of body weight. A baby, on the other hand, carries only about a cup, or the same as the average adult cat.
Get Me That, Stat!
Cancer incidence in adolescents and young adults has increased nearly 30% since 1973, primarily in carcinomas, or cancers that originate in cells, such as skin or tissue lining inner organs.
60: percentage of 12th graders who report being sexually active
Source: Guttmacher Institute
Stories for the Waiting Room
German anatomist Lorenz Heister proposed this treatment option for "Bible cysts," which appear on the hands or wrists: strapping a bullet that had killed an animal to the cyst or touching it with a dead man's hand.
Perhaps more convenient, he advised smacking the cysts with a heavy book. Incidentally, they were called "Bible cysts" because Bibles were supposed to be good books to smack with, tending to be large and heavy.