Medicine: Hospital at Home

For almost three years, twelve-year-old Martin had been living in hospitals or convalescent homes. He is back home now in the fifth-floor, $44-a-month Manhattan walk-up apartment with his mother & father, grandmother, younger sister and older brother. Martin still suffers from rheumatic heart disease (caused by rheumatic fever), is still bedfast, still needs the kind of medical care that hospitals give. He is getting that kind of care now at home.

One day last week, Martin sat cross-legged on his bed and waited for the regular visit of his doctor. Panting a bit after...

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