Leave your gall bladder behind…. For the third time in four years an emergency medical evacuation from South Pole research stations has been required–and two out of the three evacuees were suffering from gall stones. I’d bet that medical problems at the research stations go back a lot longer than that, but it is only recently that the media has started to fixate on them. In any case, Barry McCue, 51, the most recent beneficiary of a dramatic airlift, says that he’ll be staying closer to home for a while. Story here . Reminds me of the time I got a kidney stone halfway between Puerto Rico and Bermuda while sailing home from the Caribbean. My medical handbook recommended a morphine drip (oops, I only had Advil), and my groan of relief when that little sucker pinged off the porcelain could be heard ten miles away. No airlift available…..

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