>It is possible to reduce the body core temperature in dogs to 2-4 deg
>C. There is no reason why this shouldn't work in humans. Any
>volunteers? ;) I have no idea what the lowest human body core
>temperature ever was, but intuitively, in human infants drowned in
>ice-cold water (~4 deg C) for 30-45 min it must be damn low.
>Afaik 27 deg C is routinely used in surgery, but this is hearsay (I
>have no refs).
My understanding of this is that other animals have substances that their bodies produce that help to shield them against some of the effects of freezing. When you really think about it, getting water to NOT assume to standard crystalline-lattice should be as easy in its own as way as raising the boiling point of water--it should just be an issue of adding the right substance in the right concentration to it. But then again I'm not a chemist.
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