Medicine: Blood Borrowers

Travis B. Smythe, 26, Thornton, Tex., oil refinery chemist, found the fumes of boiling benzine "rather pleasant," not realizing that they were attacking his spleen, causing him pernicious anemia, and hemorrhages of his mucous membranes. Blood has been oozing from his mouth, nostrils, intestines, bladder; and his organs for manufacturing new, replacement red blood cells have not been functioning properly. In Baylor Hospital, Dallas, Tex., last week he borrowed blood for the 42nd time in six months. With three arm veins already destroyed by repeated blood transfusions and realizing his futility, he...

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