Medicine: Record Freeze

Police examined the two figures sprawled on the floor of the little frame house in Marshalltown. Iowa, and called the undertaker. Despite a low-burning oil heater, the 24-below-zero cold had crept into the house. Mrs. Fred Davis, 50, and her two-year-old granddaughter Vickie had apparently been lying there all night (victims of assault or accident, no one is yet sure which), and their bodies were frozen rigid. But the woman suddenly moaned softly, and police rushed her and the child to the hospital.

A body temperature below 70° is believed to be fatal. Protected by layers of fat and some drinks of...

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