Medicine: Burned Alive

Somewhere on the seven seas a 19-year-old Navy fireman was inside a minesweeper's boiler, chipping off scale, when somebody turned on the steam. Three times the boy plunged at the "curtain of steam and boiling water," across the only exit, twice collided with an electric fan before he got out. When he reached a hospital ship an hour and a half later, he was probably the most severely burned man on medical record. Boston's Cocoanut Grove fire had scorched 55% of Coast Guardsman Clifford Johnson's body, and his survival was considered a medical...

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