Medicine: Where the Blue Begins

I'm in love with you, Camp Sweeney, For your deeds so true; Perseverance, faith and courage Help our tests stay blue.

The 79 youngsters who shrilled this paean were singing about urinalysis. In their camp for diabetic kids (6 to 18) near Gainesville, Texas, every one of them knows that when the test turns out blue, it means no sugar in their urine; red is bad.

Most of the kids, like ten-year-old Patsy Byrnes, have been taught to make their own tests and give themselves insulin shots. One morning last week she woke as usual at 6:45, padded down her dormitory to...

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