Medicine: Thumb in Neck

After operations and heavy X-ray treatments for cancer of the thyroid, Mrs. Leota Rogers, 21, seemed to be getting along well at a ranch near Moses Lake in central Washington. She was riding her own horses and helping around the house. But a fortnight ago, as she finished an afternoon snack, the carotid artery in the right side of her neck burst where it had been weakened by the cancer and treatment. Blood spurted halfway across the room. Mrs. Rogers took the first step toward saving her life by plugging the pencil-size hole with her finger.

The ranch manager carried her to...

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