Medicine: Life in Philadelphia

When Patrolman George Mayne answered a call for police at a Philadelphia home a fortnight ago, he found Thomas Hughes, 22, sadly pointing to a newspaper-wrapped package on the kitchen table. In it, said Hughes, was the body of his premature baby daughter, stillborn an hour or two before.

Policeman Mayne sat down at the table and was starting to fill out a routine report when he heard a faint noise from the package. "The baby's alive," he said. "No," said the father, "that's just the table squeaking." Mayne put his ear to the package, then quickly ripped it open. The 2½...

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