Medicine: The Damaged Brain

During a preseason workout by the University of Denver's hockey squad in mid-November, a player was hit with a hard body check, went somersaulting through the air. As he came down, the protruding back end of his skate, two inches long, caught Defenseman George Congrave on the head. It gouged a jagged hole about the size of a silver dollar in the left side of his skull, above and forward of the ear, and tore out a piece of his brain. In an emergency operation, Neurosurgeon William Lipscomb could do little more than cut away the surrounding damaged brain—so that Congrave...

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