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Jeff

"introduced tow by way of caddis into the wound" -- a standard procedure, I'm sure, but even with the Oxford English Dictionary, I'm not sure how to understand it. Tow and caddis are each used in various related ways relating to fibrous materials including flax, hemp, cotton, wool, and silk (if I remember correctly between the reference room and my office). The Scots (that inscrutable pale white horde) used caddis to refer to a lint used in surgery. I seem to recall a recent episode in Australia involving a man who invented a machine for shooting himself. Not as fascinating as self-crucifixion, by any stretch, but in the class of repelling yet compelling human endeavors.

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