Medicine: The Five-Month Fight

At the time, it looked like a fine game to six-year-old Mike Rector and his two playmates. Whooping it up as cowboys & Indians, the playmates tied Mike up in a nearby garage, bound his feet and set fire to him. By the time his mother had smothered the flames, 70% of Mike's sturdy little body was deeply scarred. At Washington's Casualty Hospital, Chief Surgeon Joseph Rogers Young took one look and told Mrs. Rector that her son probably could not live until morning.

But that was last November and Mike is still alive. He is one of the few victims of...

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