NCBI ROFL: And the August "no sh*t, Sherlock" award goes to…

By ncbi rofl | August 2, 2011 7:00 pm

Fish-hook injuries: a risk for fishermen.

“Fishing is one of the best known and practiced human activities. However, you should remember that, when casting the hook from the riverbank or grasping it to add bait, fishermen run a real risk of injury if the hook punctures the skin. Briefly we describe a case where a young, 32-year-old fisherman who was reeling the hook back to shore when it hit him in the face and embedded itself in his upper eyelid. Upon examination, the eye was found to be unharmed and the hook was removed through a small incision and the aid of a local anesthetic.In the light of this case report, we think it a good idea to advise our friends and patients who we know to be fishermen to wear some form of eye protection as a precaution.”

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  • oldtaku

    ‘In the light of this case report, we think it a good idea to advise our friends and patients who we know to be fishermen to wear some form of eye protection as a precaution.’

    No no no. This is a big reason people hate researchers.

    You take some rare risk and because problem -> possible solution and/or further research seems to be standard for research papers, mandate an annoying paranoia response for everyone. Even worse, though highly unlikely in this case, it often turns out to be non-causal or the protection ends up being worse for you than the cure.

    I didn’t believe you (royal you, I realize there’ s no hive mind here) on salt, eggs, coffee, or alcohol, continued to consume non-ridiculous amounts of them as I saw fit, and have been more than vindicated. I’ve also taken my chances with fishing hooks, and have only had my ear snagged once – might I suggest helmet laws for fishermen?

  • Cathy

    My brother in law snagged himself in the leg last month and had to go to the ER because the hook was coated with nerve toxin. He ended up okay, although he had to get a tetanus shot. I suppose fishermen should probably always wear long pants, by this logic.

  • Meh

    Maybe they should just be careful with something that could hurt them. This falls into the category that I don’t need a warning that my coffee will be hot and will burn the ever-loving bejeezus out of me if I spill it in my lap. Just saying.

  • Steffen

    For all the difficulty of eye protection ($2 glasses are required, they take several seconds to put on), it seems wise.

  • han

    Maybe they should just be careful with something that could hurt them. This falls into the category that I don’t need a warning that my coffee will be hot and will burn the ever-loving bejeezus out of me if I spill it in my lap. Just saying

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