Medicine: Six Months in a Pump

Mail addressed in the past few months "To the Gamest Kid in America" has found its way directly to Clarence Hastings, City Hospital, Syracuse, N. Y. He was 14 and a hero, having lived in a Drinker respirator one day longer than anyone else. His runner-up was Birdsall Sweet, also 14, of Beacon, N. Y. The infantile paralysis epidemic of last summer and autumn (TIME, Feb. 15, et ante) had put them in respirators, big sheet steel cans which made a bellows of their listless lungs, pumped air into them (TIME, Sept. 8, 1930; Sept. 21). Stories of Clarence Hastings' happy...

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