Medicine: Record

Until a few weeks ago, being a hemophiliac never had seriously bothered 31-year-old Willie Cooke, a radio repairman in Four Oaks, N.C., despite intermittent hospitalization and transfusions for minor injuries. But when he had a tooth pulled early last month, intensive bleeding (20 to 25 pints a day) set in. At Duke University Hospital in Durham, doctors put him on the critical list, called for blood donors. As Willie grew weaker, an old gastric ulcer opened up, added to the blood loss. Clotting drugs (e.g., thrombin and Gelfoam) and antihemophilic globulin flown in from the Health Department in Lansing, Mich....

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