Medicine: Operating on Oldsters

Because the risks are generally considered too great, most surgeons shy away from operating on old people. So when Manhattan-born, European-trained (University of Budapest) Dr. John Toma was appointed attending surgeon for the 500 residents of two California homes for old folks, he knew that his job would not be an easy one.

Last week, summing up the work of two years, Dr. Toma (rhymes with coma) had remarkable success to report in surgery upon patients from Methodist-sponsored Pacific Home and Claremont Manor, in Los Angeles County. In more than 50 operations on men...

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