Medicine: The Way Back

Said the doctor: "You have cancer. You have .. . maybe only a short while to live." The 27-year-old patient at the Naval Hospital in Boston who heard these words four years ago was Lieut. Commander Edwin M. Rosenberg, Annapolis-trained veteran of war in both the Atlantic and Pacific.

While radiologists went to work on the melanoma in one of his kidneys, papers for Rosenberg's retirement were started through channels. By the time the retirement board got around to him, Rosenberg seemed to have recovered. Said he: "It's silly to say I'm sick. You ought to send me back to sea." But...

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