Medicine: Needle

In Webster, Mass., last week a five-month-old infant was wailing with a concatenation of cries which clutched the mother's heart, sent her running to her baby's crib. She snatched up the child and hurriedly felt for open diaperpins. Then she undressed it to hunt for chafes. The body was pink and dry. Gently she pressed the abdomen, even though the cries were not those of colic. The flesh dimpled under her probing finger. It was firm yet not rigid. Puzzled and worried she dandled her baby a moment and gave it to nurse. The...

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