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Deadly Cure

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Wendy says, "Accepted into the Archive. "


In 1816, Gouverneur Morris died in New York City, New York, from shoving a Whale bone up his Urethra to clear out a blockage.

Submitted on 10/19/2017

Submitted by: John M. Wilson

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Bruce said:
Definitely Keep: Darwin Award
Given that people like Benjamin Franklin were developing usable catheters in the 1750's (and he credited another inventor from the 1720's) I think it's reasonable to accept this as a DA. This guy should have gone to a decent doctor instead of trying to operate on himself. Thanks, John.

Tracy said:
Definitely Toss: Not Amusing
What Bruce said...

Candi said:
Definitely Keep: Darwin Award
There were herbalists andd doctors who handled this kind of issue long before this guy came along. Thanks John!

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