That was the pain of being blue in a world that is mostly shades of white to black.
She was a sister to one of the Fugate women." About this same time, another of the blue Combses, named Luke, had taken his sick wife up to the clinic at .
"Blood cells always looked so beautiful to me," he says.
Cawein would drive back and forth between and Hazard an eight-hour ordeal before the tollway was built and scour the hills looking for the blue people he'd heard rumors about.
Stumped, the doctor turned to the medical literature for a clue.
He found references to methemoglobinemia dating to the turn of the century, but it wasn't until he came across E. Scott's 1960 report in the Journal of Clinical Investigation (vol. Scott was a Public Health Service doctor at the who had discovered hereditary methemoglobinemia among Alaskan Eskimos and Indians.