Happy Medic: I have a question for you

According to Mary Roach’s hilarious book Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, there are apparently quite a few cock-ring emergencies in San Francisco.

She is discussing the theory of constricting venous return and the evolution of erector rings, and then in the footnote, she unexpectedly digresses:

In San Francisco, cock-ring emergencies are so common that they have their own shorthand (“C-Ring”) on the Fire Department teletype. The department’s Heavy Rescue Squad has modified a small circular saw especially for this purpose and occasionally stages practice drills. The latter prove challenging owing to the absence of manipulable genitalia on Resusci-Andy dolls and the refusal of male staff to volunteer as mock victims.

Frankly, I’m quite surprised that Roach, with her book full of hilarious irony, doesn’t point out the seeming incongruity between a cock-ring emergency and a Heavy Rescue Squad.

Anyhow, my dear Happy Medic, what say you? Can you confirm these important details?

By the way, Roach was on The Daily Show recently promoting Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void. It was likely one of the funniest interviews I’ve seen.

4 thoughts on “Happy Medic: I have a question for you”

  1. I worry that if the population of San Francisco gets wind of big burly heavy rescuemen coming to their aid when the c-ring fails to release, there will be a rash of c-ring emergencies.

  2. Her book Stiff is one of the funniest, most educational/disgusting things I’ve ever read. Did you know Trendelenburg, who invented the famous Trendelenburg position, did so in order to move people’s flab out of the way? Yes, he was a urologist.

    Also the LeFort fracture categories. LeFort’s work involved tying corpses to chairs and then swinging bricks at their faces and noting the results.

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