Medicine: The Volunteers

The freshman and the sophomore from Antioch College who share a room in a huge federal building in Bethesda, Md., are free men, but their routine last week was as rigid as a prisoner's. Almost as confining as leg irons were the polyethylene tubes and electric cord that hooked each of them up to a trolley loaded with complicated apparatus. Peter Schmidt, 18, and Lawrence Baldwin, 20, got out of their room only once a day, to walk a few steps down the hall and be weighed on a scale that is accurate to...

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