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Brain vitrification.


Michael Oberdorfer
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Michael Oberdorfer

The Washington Post reports that the re-examination of the ancient remains of a man caught in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, showed that his brain tissue vitrified,  or turned to glass. Evidently the heat of the volcanic explosion was so intense that the brain tissue liquified and changed to glass following rapid cooling.  This curiosity was originally published in The New England Journal of Medicine.  Is anyone aware of any other instance of this phenomenon?

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