Medicine: Eye-For-Eye

One sunny afternoon last May, 61-year-old Frank Hoffman, who was working on a farm outside Hagerstown, Md., began to disinfect the barn with a high-pressure spraying hose. Suddenly the machine jammed, backfired, showered Hoffman with carbolic acid and lime. He whipped out his bandanna handkerchief, rubbed his eyes, and despite the searing pain continued working. In a few days Farmer Hoffman was stone blind.

Several weeks ago, when the infection following the burn had abated, Hoffman went to Hagerstown, and asked Dr. Paul Nelson Fleming if he would ever be able to see again....

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