Medicine: Fracture No. 106

When Barry Giles was born, he had several broken ribs and a broken arm. When he was four months old, he broke a leg while lying in his cradle. Once a doctor examining one broken leg moved Barry's other leg and snapped it. Last week, Barry Giles, 7, was home in Willesborough, 50 miles from London, recovering from his 106th fracture: another leg break, suffered when his two-year-old brother bumped into him.

Barry Giles is a victim of fragilitas ossium (brittleness of the bones). No matter how well-balanced his diet or how rich it may...

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