Medicine: Seven Ways to Kill a Football Player

Trying to outcoach the late Vince Lombardi, the high school football coach drove his young players unmercifully, seemingly oblivious of the temperature that a hot, late-August sun had pushed over the 90° mark. Finally, he ordered them to top off their preseason drill with a quick run around the field. Halfway through the run, one of the players collapsed, and the doctor who examined him quickly discovered why. The youngster's body was not wet with perspiration but hot and dry. He had suffered heat stroke, and only by rapidly cooling his overheated body with cold towels did the doctor prevent him...

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