Medicine: Snake Makes News

By definition, it was no news when a snake bit a man in St. Joseph, Mo. a fortnight ago, and little more newsworthy when, thanks to antisnakebite serum, the man recovered. But last week the snake made news: it died as a result of the bite it had inflicted.

An Indian hooded cobra, it bit the hand of William White. 32, a professional snake handler in a reptile garden. Serum flown from Miami by Air Force jet saved White. But the cobra's fangs were loosened by the heavy burlap bag through which it struck, and its jaw was dislocated when White jerked...

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