Medicine: Capsules, May 22, 1972

Though Air Force Sergeant Tor Olson, 22, might be called a washout of sorts, he is anything but unhappy about that appellation. In March, the 145-lb. Olson was comatose and near death from liver failure brought on by hepatitis. Today he is not only alive but well, thanks to the first successful flushing, or "total body washout," of a patient's circulatory system. Colonel Gerald Klebanoff of Wilford Hall Air Force Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, attempted the pioneering procedure af-ter Olson had been in a coma for three days and showed no...

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