World: Smoothing the Way

Medics and debriefers are also waiting anxiously

With its 20 white concrete buildings, 235 beds and 844 staff members, the U.S. Air Force hospital in Wiesbaden, West Germany, is the biggest and best-equipped American military medical facility in Europe. While it is prepared for anything from hangnails to heart surgery, the hospital expects to be confronted soon with an unusually delicate task: receiving and caring for the 52 American hostages during their first critical days of freedom. "Officially, we don't even know they're coming here," says a senior member of the hospital staff....

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