Medicine: First Case

The first U.S. "basket case"* of World War II was home last week. Master Sergeant Frederic Hensel, 26, of Corbin, Ky., got his crippling wounds from a mine on Okinawa. He was walking ahead of his companion to protect him from mines when he stepped on one himself. The explosion blew off both legs above the knee, his left arm above the elbow, mangled his right hand so badly that it had to be removed on the ship home.

Eventually Sergeant Hensel will be far from helpless. After operations on all four stumps, he will get artificial limbs and be able to...

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