Medicine: Relighted World

Now that more people live longer, and more suffer from the ailments of old age, doctors no longer believe that oldsters are necessarily "poor surgical risks." Last week they reported operating successfully on a 114-year-old patient.

Mrs. Mary Brooks of Washington had been virtually blind for some 30 years. At Gallinger Hospital, removal of a cataract restored sight in her right eye. In Mrs. Brooks's relighted world, food has become a bright spot—now that she can see what she is eating. Said a doctor: "After she identifies the food . . . most times she takes a double portion."


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