Surgery: Spinning for Dear Life

For a man who had been shot once in the stomach and once in the head, Joseph Barrios, a California cook, seemed to be making a remarkable recovery. The shooting occurred early in October, when robbers held up the restaurant where Barrios worked. Doctors at San Jose's O'Connor Hospital patched up his abdominal flesh wound, removed most of a shattered .22-cal. bullet from his brain, leaving him with only a slight headache and blurred vision. At that point, follow-up X rays sent Barrios into a spin for-dear life.

The pictures showed that a tiny fragment of the bullet was...