Also, non-medical uses
This doesn't feel much like technological progress: EMTs are putting powdered potatoes on grievous wounds to stop the bleeding. It's the kind of brilliant discovery you'd expect to find in the 11th century, not the 21st.
There was also a recent story about Chitomed, a dressing that helps wounds heal more quickly thats made from shrimp and crab shells.
As a CAM (Crustacean-Allergic-American, a distinction I plan to use to acquire federal subsidy), I'm a little concerned about how allergenic these dressings will be.
Even as a non-CAM, I have to saythe idea of putting shrimp and crab on my wounds sounds a little disturbing. Why can't we go with something more wholesome, like a potato?
Considering how bad the shrimp shells smell in my trash at the moment, I can only imagine how bad a wound packed with crustaceans would stink.
You two have been paid off by the potato lobby, haven't you? I won't live in a world run from Boise, I tell you!