Medicine: Palpable Darkness

One of the most delicate of all operations is that for mastoid. It is especially difficult and dangerous when the patient is very young. The slightest inaccuracy on the part of the surgeon will let his scalpel pierce the meninges and brain, but the parents of the 16-month-old child that lay on the operating table of the Brownsville and East New York Hospital one night last week had the fullest confidence in the operator, Dr. Raphael Schillinger. Rubber-gloved and white-suited, he bent tensely over the tiny head. High-powered lamps poured their white fire...

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