Surgery: Disarming Mr. Chin

Even by battlefield standards, the op- erating room was bizarre. The patient lay on a bed in a storage shed, separated from a three-man team of doctors by a 10-ft. wall of sandbags. A 10-in. hole had been cut in the wall at bed level, and a slightly larger win dow above it was fitted with bulletproof glass. Behind the sandbags and peering through the window, Air Force Major General James Humphreys was all set to start a long-distance operation. With a scalpel attached to a 6-ft. pole, and a pair of pincers that looked like the gadget...

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