This is the seventh dispatch in a series from Jeff Goodell, who is in Antarctica investigating the effect of climate change on Thwaites Glacier.

Antarctica, a vast kingdom of ice at the end of the world, is not a place where you want to have a medical emergency. In the 1960s, a Russian doctor who was wintering at a remote research station diagnosed himself with acute appendicitis. He faced a choice: remove it himself or die. He removed

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