The Explainer column at Slate is just about the best column I read on a regular basis. Not always good news, but always clear explanations of something that is puzzling.
So, today's is on amputations. Lovely. Well, the question is how to do deal with crushed limbs, and I had thought that the problem was more the limb's future and its possible infections. But no, the problem really is the crush syndrome, where the limp presents several big threats to the rest of the body, including dramatically altering blood pressure and sending toxins to the heart and kidneys. Just when you thought things could not be worse for Haiti, well, they can be.