Medicine: Fear & Shock

For all their studies of accident victims and war wounded, doctors still cannot explain much about individual differences in reaction to shock. One thing that has a lot to do with the effects of shock, many doctors believe, is fear. Not only will fear of pain make pain feel worse, but fear itself seems to contribute directly to the shock reaction, so that one man may die helplessly where another may save himself. Last week, to support this view, came the story of a man who had little fear.

Carl Creel, 26, a mechanic six...

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