Thursday, June 09, 2005

Medical trivia of the day: According to an Israeli researcher, Jesus may have died of a pulmonary embolus, i.e. when a blood clot breaks loose from the leg and lodges in the lungs. (This is the same condition doctors warn air travellers about, since they spend such a long time sitting with their legs relatively immobile).

Nowadays, Jesus would have been diagnosed with a 16-detector chest CT scan, then treated with intravenous heparin, but the Romans obviously had neither the technology nor inclination to do so. Besides, to have done so would have undermined the entire basis of Christianity...