Monday, June 30, 2008

WC: Weird Medical Condition of the Day

Ainhum is a painful constriction of the base of the little toe followed by spontaneous autoamputation. That is, you get a small cut and the scarring eventually strangles your toe and pops it off. Or maybe the autoamputation just happens--they're not really sure why. Ainhum happens mostly--but not always--in Africa. It is related usually--but not always--with walking barefoot. Sometimes it affects other toes.

No, humans cannot spontaneously combust, but we can spontaneously autoamputate.

Ain't biology grand?