Medicine: The Stubborn Sister

When the young bush nurse drove her buggy up to a tenant shack on a cattle station in Queensland, Australia, she expected to find teething trouble or an upset stomach. Instead, she found the stockman's 2½-year-old daughter lying crippled on a cot. One knee was drawn up, the foot pointed down and the heel twisted outward. One paralyzed arm lay across her chest. The nursing sister had never seen a case like it, so she drove miles to a telegraph office and wired a doctor for advice. His reply: "Infantile paralysis. No known treatment....

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