Medicine: Freedom in a Wheelchair

The brooding figure of the Great Emancipator in Washington's Lincoln Memorial has become a symbol for a new kind of freedom for those who are confined to wheelchairs. After a long, hard-fought campaign by a number of groups dedicated to easing the lot of the handicapped, ramps have been built that allow the wheelchair-bound to roll themselves into the base of the memorial, where they can enter the wide doorway of a newly installed elevator, ride up to the rotunda and get a closeup view of Lincoln's statue. That enables the handicapped to surmount...

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