Medicine: A Vital Tonic

There was a hush of anticipation.

Then a game and smiling George Wallace was lifted onto the Miami convention platform in his wheelchair. His presence was more miraculous than almost anyone in the hall realized. The real wonder—even to his doctors—was that Wallace was alive.

When the Governor was carried into the Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md., last May, the doctors' immediate concern was a bullet lodged somewhere in Wallace's abdomen. To probe for that bullet, the surgeons made a vertical incision, beginning just below Wallace's rib cage and extending along his...

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