February 22, 2005

Compare And Contrast

Mike the Librarian reports that his grandfather has passed away after living a long and full life despite having been crippled by polio. The disease, obliterated by vaccination in the 1950s, was also known as infantile paralysis. I myself had a childhood friend whose braced legs were mere supports which he swung about with the aid of crutches, and Mike's grandfather may not have had the benefit of modern physical therapy until after atrophy set in.

Hunter S. Thompson's lawyer reports that a probable cause for his client's suicide was a broken leg which resulted in a limp.

Posted by triticale at February 22, 2005 08:37 PM

I suspect the chronic pain was a more likely factor.

Posted by: Kathy K at February 23, 2005 05:54 PM
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