Medicine: Breaks of the Game

Despite his age, William Jacobson, 60, had no qualms last month when he joined the nation's 3,500,000 skiers. A recently retired California forester, he aimed to enjoy the outdoors even more than he had as a state employee. But as Jacobson, an advanced skier, whooshed down a slope at Sierra Ski Ranch, he lost control, hit a tree and broke his left elbow, shoulder blade and four ribs, which punctured a lung. Now incapacitated for at least two months, he has become an unhappy statistic—one of this year's roughly 100,000 injured U.S. skiers, more...

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