Bmj Usa: Minerva Minerva


BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 15 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:E382

Unlike most people who were nailed to a cross to die, Jesus is said to have died in less than six hours, whereas most crucifixions take up to four days. A letter in the latest electronic issue of Thrombosis and Haemostasis suggests that his Jewish heritage may have endowed him with a hypercoagulable state, making pulmonary embolus from deep vein thrombosis due in part to dehydration and immobilization the most likely cause of his more rapid death. The genetic mutation is common in Israel, especially in people who live in the Galilee area.

There seems to be a link between length of gestation in humans and the risk of the offspring eventually dying from cerebrovascular disease (but not ischemic heart disease). A Swedish study reports that shorter gestation is associated with higher mortality from cerebrovascular disease, and that the risk of death from ischemic stroke goes down in people born after 36 weeks' gestation (Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2005;59: 473-4).

The world's first automobile fatality apparently took place in the Irish Midlands in 1869. Mary Ward fell from a steam carriage, which had been designed and built by her …

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