Medicine: In the Shadows

Back in London after a trip to Normandy, TIME Correspondent Mary Welsh last week cabled her feminine impression of U.S. invasion casualties and their treatment:

Nearly all wounded men brought to field and evacuation hospitals go first to "pre-ops" or "shock tents." There they lie pale and uncomplaining in the eerie, khaki shadows of a single string of overhead lights while they absorb whole blood or plasma. Blood is a miraculous strength-giver. In 20 minutes drooping eyelids lift, eyes become clear and focused. Normal color returns, and the men chat with the nurses...

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