Medicine: Blood Strained

Russell Morrison Evans, Jr., 15, coasting down a Pittsburgh hill, saw that he was about to slide into a pole. He threw himself from the sled, crashed into another pole. Something seemed to break within his abdomen. At Homeopathic Medical & Surgical Hospital where his doctor father took him, x-rays showed that he had ruptured his spleen.

The spleen, or milt, is a ductless gland 2½ by 4½ in. lying under the lower left ribs. It does not seem to have any particular secretion like other ductless glands, its value to the body is not well understood. In unborn children its chief...

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