Medicine: Cushions for Lungs

Chicago's old Iroquois Memorial Hospital sagged with the most influential politicians of northern Illinois last week. A simple lesson in anatomy and a mechanical treatment for tuberculosis drew them there. Specifically, a scrawny, tuberculous woman held their eyes. More specifically, the inside of her gaunt chest held their interest.

A member of the hospital staff, Dr. Minas Joannides, led the woman to an X-ray machine. Visible on a fluorescent screen were her slanted ribs, her heart behind her breast bone, and shadowy splotches which Dr. Joannides explained were her diseased lungs.

Each lung, the anatomy lesson went on, is contained in a flexible...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!