Medicine: The Chief Said: Miracle

The ex-marine had a gangrenous right foot that was black, mummified and so painful that he had to be drugged with morphine every three hours. Dr. Zolton Tillson Wirtschafter, of Wadsworth General Hospital for veterans in Los Angeles, decided to try something new. With most of the tense hospital staff standing by, he gave the suffering patient a couple of injections and settled down to wait.

Six hours later, the doctor rushed excitedly across the hospital grounds, burst into the medical chief's house and cried: "He's sleeping! He's sleeping! The pain has stopped!"

"A miracle," said the MC.

Opened Door. In 48 hours, the...

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