Medicine: Heated Lungs

St. Elizabeth's is the U. S. Government's hospital at Washington for nervous and mental diseases. Whenever during the past several years any of St. Elizabeth's 4,000 inmates showed signs of pneumonia he was at once put to bed. Nurses strapped a large tinfoil plate to his back, a similar plate to his chest. Wires led from the plates to an electrical machine. The doctor in charge—he was usually Dr. William Watson Eldridge Jr., 43—manipulated the machine to send a high-frequency current (1,500,000 alternations per second) through the puzzled patient's lungs. The lungs heated...

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