Medicine: Missing Kidney

Specialists at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C. did not try to conceal their disappointment as they repacked ten small glass slides in a wooden box one day last week. The slides had been hurried over from France by diplomatic courier in the belief that they contained a long-sought medical curio—some tissue sections removed from the kidneys of U.S. Naval Hero John Paul Jones. Undaunted, the pathologists said they had not yet begun to fight, this week resumed the search.

Behind their efforts lay several generations of sleuthing. Until 1905, even the whereabouts of John Paul Jones's corpse was...

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