Medicine: The Trained Diaphragm

The old man who collapsed in downtown Reno's 100° heat told the Red Cross a wonderful story: he was Lieut. John Boyer, a Union veteran of the Civil War; he was hiking in search of a great-great-grandson, and he was 104 years old. He looked it, with his snowy beard, sparrowy build and parchment skin. The Red Cross rushed him to Washoe Medical Center, where doctors went to work, nurses stood over him day & night, and the Ladies' Auxiliary of the G.A.R. sent bushels of flowers. Reporters filed tender pieces. That was "Lieut. Boyer's" undoing.

To the Veterans Administration in Washington,...

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