Daft or what?

Accidental heroes?

Maybe. …

Originally posted by Wikipedia:

Rocky Mountain spotted fever was first recognized in 1896 in the Snake River Valley of Idaho and was originally called “black measles” because of its characteristic rash. This was a dreaded and frequently fatal disease that affected hundreds of people in this area.

By the early 1900s, the recognized geographic distribution of this disease grew to include parts of the United States as far north as Washington State, Idaho, and Montana and as far south as California, Arizona, and New Mexico.

Howard T. Ricketts was the first to establish the identity of the infectious organism that causes this disease. He and others characterized the basic epidemiological features of the disease, including the role of tick vectors. Their studies found that Rocky Mountain spotted fever is caused by Rickettsia rickettsii.

This species is supported in nature by a complex cycle involving ticks and mammals. Human beings are considered to be accidental hosts, and they are not involved in the natural transmission cycle of this pathogen.

Dr. Ricketts died of typhus (another rickettsial disease) in Mexico in 1910, shortly after completing his remarkable studies on Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Prior to 1922, Doctors McCray and McClintic both died while doing research on Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Also did an aide of Noguchi's at the Rockefeller Institute. McCalla and Brerton also did early research into Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Research began in 1922 in western Montana, in the Bitterroot Valley around Hamilton, Montana, after the Governor's daughter and his son-in-law died of the fever. Past Assistant Surgeon R.R. Spencer of the Hygienic Laboratory of the U.S. Public Health Service was ordered to the region, and he led a research team at an abandoned schoolhouse through about 1924.

Spencer's crucial day was on May 19, 1924, when he put a large dose of mashed wood ticks — from lot 2351B — and some weak carbolic acid into his arm by injection. This vaccine worked.

[That was lucky.]

Spencer was assisted by R. R. Parker, Bill Gettinger, Henry Cowan, Henry Greenup, Elmer Greenup, Gene Hughes, Salsbury, and Kerlee, et al. Gettinger, Cowan and Kerlee all died of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever during the research efforts.

Much of the early research was conducted at Rocky Mountain Laboratories (part of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases), which is the source of the name of the condition.

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2 thoughts on “Daft or what?

  1. Originally posted by Weatherlawyer:

    What kills miners is poor safety, lack of investment and their own bad hygiene standards.

    Here is a more interesting nugget:"The great difficulty in working coal, should these upper seams fail, is not only the increase of cost in sinking further down, but the increased heat to be worked in. At 2000 feet the mine will increase in heat 28°, at 4000, 57°; to this must be added the constant temperature of 50° 5', so that at 2000 feet it would be 78° 5', and at 4000, 107° 5' Fahr. By actual trial on July 17, 1857, in Duckingfield Pit, the temperature at 2249 feet was 75° 5'"I couldn't follow how he obtained the first statistics but it is fairly easy to read a thermometer at depth once you have reached such depth. And 75.5 degrees is too warm for me.What interested me is where does the heat come from. It can't be from the heat of creation. even if that was only 6000 years ago at 78 degrees at a mere 2249 feet, the earth would have lost that heat a long time ago.Moreover, I imagine it remains a constant at such depth even today. Which requires that the earth be an extremely good conductor of heat.Well?Doesn't it?If you open a thermos flask, the contents that might have remained hot overnight, cool in less than an hour. That's true of all such devices no matter how large.

  2. Here is another excerpt from times gone by:Prussia 1.89 per 1000Belgium 2.8 "England 4.5 "Staffordshire 7.3 "LECTURES ON POPULAR AND SCIENTIFIC SUBJECTS BY THE EARL OF CAITHNESS, F.R.S.http://www.gutenberg.org/files/15468/15468-h/15468-h.htmThis was a work published in 1879.Mining in Britain was hardly the safe enterprise it was under the last government when we had coal mining in Britain. But even then lung and heart disease was all to common.Even so the statistics presented are ridiculous for comparing the mortality of mining.Staffordshire is a fairly rural community. Stoke on Trent and the Trent Valley generally are considered the heart of its once mining fraternity. This is an extremely small part of Stafford.Of course there are or were coal mines all over Stafford. Britain's seams were very widespread.But the only statistic that can be considered true in any detail is the one given for mortality in and of coal miners themselves.That 73 men in 10,000 should be killed is bad enough. But it is what you might expect overall in any one year in any small town of 10,000 souls.You would expect it to be half that in a country that had the variety of pursuits of a place like Britain (4.5 per 1000) Or even Prussia: 1.89 per 1000 a country about the size of Belgium, with a slightly worse health factor of 2.8 per 1000.What kills miners is poor safety, lack of investment and their own bad hygiene standards. But couple that with the type of coal being mined and the attendant risks involved with it and your statistics are badly skewed.Having said that, I haven't read the article. I am just combing my way through the files on Gutenberg seeing what interests me there and saving for future reference all I take a not unfavourable view of.I have saved the book -though at my age, I am unlikely to get around to it before my body runs away from me.

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