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ron-l-errors@lists.best.com from catalina.islandsoft.com (catalina []) by comoro.islandsoft.com (8.7.5/8.7.3/IS-comoro) with ESMTP id NAA18019 for ; Fri, 20 Jun 1997 13:06:57 -0700 (PDT) from comoro.islandsoft.com (comoro []) by catalina.islandsoft.com (8.7.5/8.7.3/IS-catalina) with ESMTP id NAA01945 for ; Fri, 20 Jun 1997 13:06:02 -0700 (PDT) from catalina.islandsoft.com (catalina []) by comoro.islandsoft.com (8.7.5/8.7.3/IS-comoro) with ESMTP id NAA18015 for ; Fri, 20 Jun 1997 13:05:54 -0700 (PDT) from lists1.best.com (lists1.best.com []) by catalina.islandsoft.com (8.7.5/8.7.3/IS-catalina) with ESMTP id NAA01941 for ; Fri, 20 Jun 1997 13:05:58 -0700 (PDT) (from daemon@localhost) by lists1.best.com (8.8.5/8.7.3) id LAA10498 for ron-l-errors@lists.best.com; Fri, 20 Jun 1997 11:04:13 -0700 (PDT) <199706201804.LAA10498@lists1.best.com> From: Subject: EraserNose Date: Fri, 20 Jun 1997 10:59:43 -0700 BestServHost: lists.best.com MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii Sender: ron-l-errors@lists.best.com Errors-To: ron-l-errors@lists.best.com To: ron-l@lists.best.com Amazing stories involving human orifices, yet not involving sex. More weird news from the Globe. Ron http://www.boston.com/dailynews/wirehtml/171/Revolving_into_view__an_eraser_tha t.htm [The Boston Globe Online][Boston.com] [Boston Globe Online / Latest News] ----------------------------------------------------------- Revolving into view: an eraser that spent 15 years up a sailor's nose Associated Press, 06/20/97 01:07 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - When Dr. Charles Emerick hears that a bug was planted in someone's ear, he takes it literally. In his3-year career as an ear, nose and throat specialist, the 67-year-old doctor has removed cockroaches that crawled into sailors' ears while they slept, coins and small toys that got lodged in children's throats, and safety pins that got stuck halfway to the stomach. And even though he retired seven years ago, the bespectacled, gray-haired doctor still can reminisce about his patients by perusing his collection of 450 items he has removed from them. The memorabilia are kept in a revolving glass case at the Mount Scott Medical Office. A birth control pill once jammed inside a woman's ear. A bottle cap that was lodged in a man's throat. An eraser that spent 15 years up a sailor's nose. ``He put it in when he was 6 years old, but he didn't tell anybody because he thought he would get in trouble,'' Emerick said. ``Then he forgot about it. ``He came to me because he was having trouble breathing through his nose. When I removed it, he said, `Oh yeah, I put it up there when I was a kid.''' Emerick said he was inspired to keep the items because he heard that Dr. Chevalier Jackson, a pioneer in endoscopy, had such a collection. (A spokesman for a building named for Jackson at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia said nothing remains of the collection.) Endoscopes - hollow, lighted tubes - are used to examine the esophagus, trachea or lung. Once an obstruction is found, a second instrument is inserted through the tube to grasp and remove the blockage. Each of Emerick's souvenirs is neatly wrapped in clear plastic and bears a typed label identifying it and describing the patient. Pointing to a small metal and plastic whistle, the doctor said, ``This came from a 12-year-old boy. His parents said he whistled every time he took a breath.'' A small package of decomposed insects: ``A kid ran into a swarm of honey bees and I had to take a bunch of them from his nose.'' A piece of plastic: ``That's from a woman's oxygen line. She was blowing out candles on a birthday cake while hooked to an oxygen line. The oxygen exploded and this became lodged in her throat.'' Before coming to Portland, Emerick practiced at the San Diego Naval Hospital and a missionary clinic in India. Some of his most stomach-turning work was done in India. ``I removed an 11-inch round worm from the trachea of a 2-year-old child in India,'' he said. ``It had come from the gut to the stomach to the esophagus to the throat to the voice box and to the wind pipe. ``I got the scope in and I saw this thing looking at me.'' Copyright 1997 Globe Newspaper Company
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