Medicine: Unwilling Patient

Into a Hanford, Calif, hospital, interns brought Leonard Henton Cardwell, 58, graduate of a Tennessee medical college, once a practicing physician, now a greengrocer. He had tried to kill himself. Doctors examined him, found a bullet was lodged below his heart. Only chance for Grocer Cardwell's recovery seemed to be an immediate operation to remove the bullet. At that point the patient spoke up. Under California's medical law, as he well knew, no doctor could operate without the patient's consent. And the patient would not consent. Said he: "If I don't die I...

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