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Man Survives 'Hangman's Fracture' After Crash
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A young man in Tunisia who was in a high-speed crash suffered a broken neck — in an injury doctors call a "hangman's fracture" — yet recovered with no lingering problems, according to a recent report of the man's case. A "hangman's fracture" refers to a neck injury that occurs when a person's neck snaps backwards, as it would during a hanging. And though the name refers to an act that's far less common today than it once was, the injury itself is not incredibly rare: Dr. Anis Khelifi, who was an orthopedic surgeon at the Kassab Orthopedic Institute in Tunisia when he treated the patient, said he's seen this type of fracture twice. read more
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