we look as his entrails
Fossicking through the viscera of a corpse is not unlike picking through a thick bouillabaisse.
The Somerton Man had an adequate supply of entrails and they were examined by men of high learning.
From the Deposition of Sir Cedric Stanton Hicks.
(1) The heart was contracted.
(2) The lungs, liver and spleen were engorged.
(3) The wall of the stomach was engorged.
(4) Blood had extravasated (been let or forced out) from blood vessels into the stomach.
(5) Blood was in the gastric contents
(6) The heart stopped in the unfilled condition.
(7) Prior to the heart stopping in the unfilled condition, it was filling less and less.
(8) Because the heart was filling less and less there was more blood remaining on the input side of the heart.
This explains 2.
(9) The man suffered violent convulsions.
This explains 4 and 5.
(10) There were the remains of a meal in his stomach.
Causes of an enlarged spleen
Infections, cirrhosis and other liver diseases, blood diseases, problems with the lymph system. Cancer. Leukemia. Sarcoidosis and rheumatoid arthritis
Cancer that has spread (metastasized) to the spleen
A cyst, a noncancerous fluid-filled sac
A large abscess, a pus-filled cavity usually caused by a bacterial infection
Infiltrative diseases such as Gaucher’s disease, amyloidosis, or glycogen storage diseases
Causes of an enlarged liver
Alcoholic liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis
Viral hepatitis (hepatitis A, B, C, D or E )
Liver cancer, or cancer that has spread to the liver from a different organ. Leukemia, some types of lymphoma, Multiple myeloma.
Glycogen storage diseases
Heart and blood vessel problems
Blockage of the veins that drain the liver
Congestive heart failure
Liver abscess, caused by parasites (amebiasis) or bacteria
Other parasitic infections (schistosomiasis, fascioliasis)
Relapsing fever, which humans catch from body lice or ticks
Damage from toxins
Toxic hepatitis from exposure to poisons, such as the industrial chemicals carbon tetrachloride and chloroform.
Causes of an engorged (congested) lung.