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Galileo’s pierced nose

August 14, 2013 5 comments
The 'forasacco' from Galileo's nose

The ‘forasacco’ from Galileo’s nose

In the photo is the 5-centimetre-long object extracted from Galileo’s nose under general anaesthetic.

It’s almost unbelievable that such a thing could have gone up one of his tiny nostrils and lodged there – and how uncomfortable!

It was just beginning to cause an infection but we caught it in time.

These seeds, from a type of grass called brome, are everywhere here in summer.

They’re called ‘forasacchi’ in Italian which means ‘sack-piercers’ because they poke through bags of hay.

They’re a great problem for dogs because they can pierce any part of their bodies, and they’re consequently well known to vets.