Medicine: Worth It

One of war's worst wounds is a severed spinal cord. If it does not kill him, it paralyzes a man below the injury, makes him helpless as a baby. World War II left the U.S. with some 2,000 such men. Doctors call them paraplegics; but they have less euphemistic names for themselves. At one time or another, nearly every paraplegic wishes he were dead.

It is hard for many of them to believe that they can probably regain independence, of a sort. But Boston's Surgeon Donald Munro, who has seen it happen, is sure that they can. Says he: "If he is...