Medicine: The Best They Could

In Rochester, Minn, last week, the unhappy parents of four-year-old Carolyn Joan Purcell found the "miracle" they were looking for. The little Georgia girl, threatened a fortnight ago (TIME, Jan. 15) with the terrible alternatives of certain death or blindness by surgery, had been rushed to the famed Mayo Clinic by Atlanta Shriners. The Mayo doctors had pushed waiting patients aside to consider Carolyn Joan's case, and, after a painstaking ten-hour examination, had pronounced their verdict: Carolyn Joan was free of cancer, needed no operation.

"It was the hand of God moving to stay the hand of the surgeon," said Carolyn Joan's...

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