Medicine: Lethal Organs

What actually kills a man in an airplane crash? In some cases the cause of death may be his own internal organs. Reason: the impact turns them into internal missiles. So reported an Army doctor (Captain George Marvin Hass of the Army Air Forces School of Aviation Medicine at Randolph Field, Texas) last fortnight to the Aero Medical Association's meeting at Cincinnati.

Many a crash victim, said Captain Hass, has been picked up with a few broken bones and no obviously dangerous injury. Later he has sickened and died from internal damage of which his doctors were unaware. Lethal internal blows may...

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