MEDICINE: Precarious & Critical

As the days passed last week, doctors at the University of Illinois' Neuropsychiatric Institute in Chicago were more & more amazed. Roger Brodie, one of the skull-joined Siamese twins separated the week before in a history-making operation (TIME, Dec. 29), was doing what appeared to be impossible, i.e., simply staying alive. Rodney Brodie was doing the improbable: getting no worse.

The doctors called Roger's condition "precarious." He was still in a deep coma, his brain numbed by scant circulation because the operation had left him without a sagittal vein to carry blood from...

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