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In 1957, A Researcher Was Bitten By A Venomous Snake…And Documented His Death

In 1957, A Researcher Was Bitten By A Venomous Snake…And Documented His Death

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In 1957, Karl P. Schmidt, a snake expert and herpetologist, was working at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, IL. On September 25, he was researching a 30-inch venomous snake that was brought to the museum; his goal was to identify the new snake. He believed the creature to be an African venomous snake, possibly a boomslang. It was difficult to identify because of an atypical marking. Flickr / Rouan van der Ende But then, his identification of the snake was derailed by disaster. He was bitten. His reaction, though, wasn't to immediately seek medical attention. Instead, he documented the effects of the venom in a "death diary." Tumblr This video by Science Friday's Tom McNamara descri...