Medicine: Help of Sea

The 9,200-ton freighter Henri G., Swiss-owned and registered in Liberia, was far out in the Indian Ocean when a 19-year-old seaman fell sick. He suffered pain in swallowing and could not breathe easily; his tonsils were inflamed, swollen and covered with white spots; glands in his neck were swollen; his temperature was 103°F.

The Henri G. had a well-stocked medicine chest, and a resourceful officer had used half the pharmacopoeia on the young seaman to no avail. But he had not exhausted his resources: the Henri G. had first-class medical help within easy reach—though...

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