Medicine: Hospital in the River

Johnny is a husky youth of 20, but he was holding his mother's hand as they rode the ferry last week from The Bronx to North Brother Island in the East River. For Johnny, like most of the first half-dozen young addicts admitted to New York City's Riverside Hospital, was a mama's boy. From an underprivileged Harlem family, Johnny had taken to dope largely to prove that he was no sissy.

Experts differ widely and wildly over how many juvenile narcotic addicts there are, but there is no doubt that New York City has several...

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