Medicine: Blood & Water

Into an Indianapolis hospital, three years ago, interns carried a screaming two-year-old girl who had just fallen over backwards into a scalding tub of water. Her burns were not deep, but they stretched from her plump shoulders to her knees. She had a 1-to-3 chance to live.

The doctors washed her, gave her the standard textbook treatment: a coating of tannic acid solution to ease her pain, keep out harmful bacteria, seal in her body fluids. After a severe burn, blood escapes from the capillaries into tissue spaces, and circulation "dries up," stagnates. So...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


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

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!