Medicine: Tricks to Treat

Every year of her life, Brenda, 13, had been coming to St. Louis' Cardinal Glennon Memorial Hospital for Children, to have kidney tests. Terrified that new X-ray pictures would show her chronic condition to be getting worse, she lay rigidly on the examining table, her eyes brimming with tears. But she began to smile when Dr. Armand Brodeur, the hospital's chief of radiology, entered the room dressed in a smock covered with pictures of Snoopy and other characters from the Peanuts comic strip. Using the time-honored gestures of the magician to assure her...

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