Medicine: Jungle Physician

Thomas Anthony Dooley III, 32, was doing what he liked best. Born to affluence in St. Louis, he had become a Navy medic, been caught up in the soul-searing 1954 evacuation of anti-Communist refugees from North Viet Nam, returned to Asia to set up hospitals in the remotest parts of Red-threatened northern Laos. There, three months ago, "Dr. Tom" was trudging along a snag-strewn jungle trail from his hospital at Muong Sing, only five miles from the Chinese border, to make a "house call" when he fell and bumped his right chest. It felt like nothing worse than a bruise. It...

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