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Thighs and Sighs
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1284  Wednesday, 16 June 2004

[1]     From:   Jack M. Kamen <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 15 Jun 2004 09:39:11 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1271 Thighs and Sighs

[2]     From:   Jay Feldman <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 15 Jun 2004 09:22:14 -1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1271 Thighs and Sighs


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From:           Jack M. Kamen <
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Date:           Tuesday, 15 Jun 2004 09:39:11 -0500
Subject: 15.1271 Thighs and Sighs
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1271 Thighs and Sighs

Michael B. Luskin writes:

  >By the way, this is why thigh sinews are not kosher.<

True. But it is also why the entire hind-quarters of otherwise kosher
mammals are not kosher.

They can be made kosher by the careful and complete excision of the
sciatic nerve but this skill is rarely found today.

Jack M. Kamen

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From:           Jay Feldman <
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Date:           Tuesday, 15 Jun 2004 09:22:14 -1000
Subject: 15.1271 Thighs and Sighs
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1271 Thighs and Sighs

I am not a doctor, but I can tell you the very large femoral arteries
feed the huge muscles of the legs, which in turn with their powerful
contractions force the venous return to the heart. Strong legs to some
degree indicate good vascular health - perhaps the reason why their
shapely appearance is valued in Shakespeare. If severed high in the
groin, the bleeding would be profuse and probably impossible to stop
since there is no purchase above the cut for a tourniquet. Short of the
application of a very hot torch or coal to sear it, or an expert with a
clamp at hand, one could expect a very quick demise; hence its status as
a death wound. BTW, the tibiae and fibulae are found in the shin, the
femur is located in the thigh.

Jay Feldman

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