Medicine: Stone Baby

For more than half her 67 years the woman patient at Chicago's Holy Cross Hospital had enjoyed excellent health, had never needed surgery. Now, as doctors tried to diagnose Mrs. W.'s recent stomach complaint, her husband recalled that 37 years before, while washing dishes, she had been seized with cramps and collapsed on the floor. A physician had called it intestinal flu and put her to bed. For almost two weeks she had been very ill, sometimes in a coma, and had to be forcibly fed, but then she made a fine recovery, raised her one son to manhood.

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