Medicine: Chance for Elizabeth

When Elizabeth was 16 months old, she fell from her high chair and cracked her skull. Two months later she began to have epileptic attacks. Sometimes her eyes fluttered and her head jerked; in later years, she sometimes could not remember, after attacks, what had happened. In school, she occasionally read words backwards, although she was considered above average in intelligence.

Five years ago a neurosurgeon in Houston, her home town, operated and removed a scar from the brain, but she was better only temporarily and then got worse. One day early this month, Elizabeth, now 18, and her mother climbed out...

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