Medicine: A Rage to Live

The patient, who had been injured in a collision between his light car and a heavy truck, was deaf, blind and speechless; he had no reflexes at all, and he did not show any pain reactions. The full medical diagnosis, reported in the magazine Medical World News, reads like a lengthening catalogue of doom:

Fracture of the base of the skull, with laceration of the fornix cerebri (white fibers connecting the brain's hemispheres); contusion of the frontal and temporal lobes; severe shock; fracture of nine ribs; pneumothorax (air in the pleural space around the...

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