Medicine: Loud

One Dr. W. A. Evans, health writer, last week criticized the medical data in Sinclair Lewis's novel Arrowsmith (TIME, Mar. 23, BOOKS) Said he:

An eight-year-old girl has had laryngeal diphtheria several days. Dr. Arrowsmith finds her "struggling for each terrific breath." Instead of doing a tracheotomy instantly, he dashes to Leopolis 24 miles away, for antitoxin. He should have operated on the spot.

At a certain fire, a fireman is suffocated from smoke. His pulse was beating and he was breathing. Dr. Arrowsmith gave him a hypodermic of strychnine and held ammonia...

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