Medicine: Doctor in the House

Early one morning last week, in East Orange, N.J., four-year-old Tommy Stanley got hold of half an orange. He tried to swallow it, got it stuck in his throat, choked & choked. His father banged him futilely on the back, then yelled for a doctor. Luckily, there was one in the house —Tommy's uncle. Dr. Thomas A. Stanley (a postgraduate surgery student) saw that Tommy was strangling. He seized a kitchen carving knife; there was no time to sterilize it, nor for an anesthetic. While Papa and Mama held Tommy flat on the living room couch, Dr. Stanley swiftly cut...

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