Medicine: Earsplitting

"If a 200-lb. bomb exploded in the center' of State Street," Dr. Henry B. Perlman of the University of Chicago told a meeting of ear, eye and throat doctors in Chicago, "85% of the middle-ear injuries would be due to the shock pulse itself, only 15% to bomb fragments. Excluding other injuries, everyone within 50 feet would likely have ruptured eardrums with bleeding from the ear. . . . Among those in stores facing the street within this radius but shielded from the shock pulse by wall, door or partition, only half of i%...

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