Medicine: Mistake

In New York Hospital—Cornell Medical Centre, one night last week a priest hastily christened a four-day-old baby. Mary Ellen Hughes. The father, one John Hughes, and the aunt, Miss Margaret Sullivan, had understood the baby was in good health. But suddenly, said Miss Sullivan later, ". . . They made us understand she had little chance of recovery. They also said she looked so delicate we had better not pick her up. [Next morning] the hospital called up and said the baby had died." Another newborn babe died that morning, a third...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!