Medicine: Balloon Body

In Newark, N. J. last December a hit-&-run driver bashed into a pedestrian, bursting one of his lungs. So dramatic was the sudden ballooning of the victim's entire body that Dr. John Mahoney Atkinson, young house surgeon of Newark City Hospital, got special permission to publish a description of the phenomenon and how he cured it, in last week's issue of the American Journal of Surgery.

The accident broke five of the pedestrian's ribs, poking one of the ends into his right lung. At every breath he took, air leaked into the cavity...

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