Toxicology: Cutting Out Snake Bite

The frontiersman's traditional snake bite remedy came in a bottle, and was shown, years ago, to be bad medicine. Alcohol increases the blood flow in the extremities and thus helps to spread the poison. Now a Florida surgeon suggests that the currently fashionable technique, combining a tourniquet with crosswise incisions and sucking out the venom, may not be much better. His recommendation: cut out a piece of flesh at the bite site.

Miami's Dr. Clifford C. Snyder got interested in the toxicology of snake venoms after his prized dog died of a rattlesnake...

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