Sunday, September 20, 2009

Italian sociologist cave dweller dies of heart attack

Italian sociologist cave dweller dies of "Italian sociologist Maurizio Montalbini, who spent months living in caves to study how the mind and body cope with isolation, has died aged 56. Montalbini died of a heart attack on Saturday in a mountain hamlet near the central Italian town of Macerata, said Guido Galvagno, a long-time colleague. Galvagno said the death did not appear connected to his cave stays. Montalbini spent a total of two years and eight months underground after starting his experiments in the 1980s, according to his website, and subsisted mostly on powdered foods and pills similar to those used by astronauts." - Guardian

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