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Air Date: June 3, 1998
UH's Press' All Stings Considered hits bookstores
A cutting-edge book about medical treatment for ocean injuries isn't just for doctors offices, lifeguard towers and emergency rooms.
A UH Press book called All Stings Considered is for everyone interested in learning about ocean injuries. The book is written by Dr. Craig Thomas, director of emergency medicine at Wahiawa General Hospital, and Susan Scott an author and columnist who specializes in ocean activities.
Some book passages are sure to spark animated conversation and controversy, as the authors and their sources turn to scientific study to debunk some folk cures and affirm others.
What do you do for a Portuguese Man-of-war sting? Folk doctors say urine or vinegar. Scientific studies indicate that could worsen the condition. But the old-time remedy of vinegar, warm air from a blow dryer and rubbing alcohol will get rid of swimmer's ear.
All Stings Considered is available at your local bookstore.
This is the University Report, I'm Tracy Orillo Donovan.