Medicine: Sequel

When little Carolyn Joan Purcell had trouble seeing her Christmas gifts last year, Atlanta doctors thought she had cancer and would have to lose both eyes. But the Mayo Clinic disagreed, called it merely an infection, treated her with ACTH. In Alpharetta, Ga. last week 5-year-old Carolyn Joan's eyes sparkled at sight of the 1951 tree she had not been expected to see.


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