Hospitals: Life in a Life Island

Infection in hospitals runs in a vicious circle. Many a patient enters because of infection, and the doctors must try not only to cure him but to keep his germs from other patients who are particularly susceptible because their resistance is low. Achieving the necessary germ-free atmosphere, though, is far easier said than done.

Last week, at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital in Richmond, Dr. Boyd Withers Haynes Jr. had two burn patients recovering rapidly in virtually germ-free surroundings, thanks to an ingenious device. The "Life Island," as its inventor, Frank E. Matthews, an ex-Navyman, calls it, looks like...

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