Medicine: Eye for an Eye

In New Orleans' teeming Charity Hospital two destitute farmer-patients, John Wesley Amos, 68, and Frank Chabina, 19, found that they also had in common blindness in their left eyes. Quicklime had seared the youth's, cataract bleared the oldster's. Last week old John Wesley Amos told Charity Hospital eye surgeons: "Frank's been very good to me. Not many young fellows would bother to cheer up an old man like the way Frank's done. If you figure one of my eyes can help Frank see, I want you to take my eye and give it to...

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!