Medicine: One in Half a Million

Ever since he was a boy, Abe Goldstein, now 30, had had to get along with only one eye; the other one was removed because of a rare malignant tumor, retinoblastoma, which occurs in only one out of 500,000 children with eye trouble. Surgery is necessary to prevent the cancer from spreading along the optic nerve to the brain, or through the blood stream to the liver and the other organs of the body, causing death.

Abe Goldstein managed well enough with one eye to put in 40 months of Army service as...

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