Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Tummy time

A letter to the editor in New Scientist magazine makes the case that in narrow, confined spaces, it is more tolerable for a person to be on their stomach than on their back. MRI machines, the letter points out, put the patient on their back. “...there seems to be something prfoundly unnatural about lying on your back with a hard surface just above your nose.”

Brilliant. The solution would be to flip people over and send them in that way. However, and this is a big however, you’d have to enable people to bring their arms up under their head. To be in there head first with your arms pinned to your side would be terrifying.

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