Medicine: Frog Breathing

Five years ago Dr. Clarence W. Dail, at Los Angeles' Rancho Los Amfgos Hospital, noticed that one of his polio patients, a young man whose breathing muscles were almost completely paralyzed, had unconsciously developed a substitute way of breathing. He and Dr. John Affeldt, the physician in charge of the polio respirator center, believed that other patients might be taught to do the same, and began to experiment. Last week the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis announced that their new method will be taught to partially paralyzed patients at all of its centers....

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