Books: Precious Poison

WHITE WATER AND BLACK MAGIC — Richard C. Gill — Holt ($3).

Some 20 years ago a young U. S. English instructor named Richard C. Gill decided to visit Ecuador. He liked the country so well that he bought 750 acres of jungle near the headwaters of the Amazon River. There Gill and his wife pioneered the first dude ranch in South America.

One day Ranchman Gill's horse threw him. Three months later, in Washington, D. C., Richard Gill was flat on his back and rigid with spastic (muscle-contracting) paralysis. He remained on his back for four years. Doctors had no drug to...

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