Saturday, April 22, 2006

"PORTLAND, Ore. - An Oregon man who went to a hospital complaining of a headache was found to have 12 nails embedded in his skull from a suicide attempt with a nail gun, doctors say.

Surgeons removed the nails with needle-nosed pliers and a drill, and the man survived with no serious lasting effects, according to a report on the medical oddity in the Journal of Neurosurgery." see full story here.

My oh my. I'll need to add this to the list of questions I ask patients who are complaining of a headache: "Do you have a nail gun at home?"


Radish King said...

Oh god this made me laugh.

checks head for nails

Anne said...

Note to self: next time you feel like your head's going to fly apart into a million pieces, use duct tape instead of the nail gun.

Radish King said...

I keep thinking about whether or not he chose a particular pattern. Were the nail-heads shaped in a starburs? A Caeserish wreathe? Perhaps a cross, as a nod to persecution as well as Easter? A fleur-de-lis? The great bald eagle?

Peter said...

Hi A & R: glad you found this amusing. I think there is a poem in it somewhere.

Did you ever see the movie "Pi" where the math genius can't keep the math and numbers out of his head, and so take an electric drill to his skull? It was intense.