Medicine: Treatment Behind Bars

> In a prison in Alabama, an elderly inmate who had suffered a stroke was forced to sit on a wooden bench so that he would not soil his bed.

Injuries suffered in repeated falls from the bench, combined with circulatory problems, forced amputation of one leg.

He died the day after his operation.

> A t Cermak Memorial Hospital, a 111-bed facility serving the Cook County correctional system in Illinois, a prisoner with a policeman's bullet in his buttock waited three hours for treatment.

He was finally removed to another hospital because no surgeon was...

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