White phosphorus was used during World War ll by all sides. So dealing with the wounded from such weapons would not be new to the American medical corps. And Col. Potter who served in World War ll would not have been unfamiliar with these weapons. See more »
Colonel, I have bad news that I have absolutely nothing to do with... the surgeons are tearing apart the Swamp from limb to limb.
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Colonel Potter performs surgery on a young soldier. He thinks everything has gone well, but while he is away, Hawkeye has to go back in and remove a missed piece of shrapnel. Potter is mortified because he feels he may be losing his touch. He begins to get angry and testy, chewing out everyone in sight, including a young guy who is there to tell them of some new treatments. Another plot line starts with Winchester responding to the filth in the swamp. He decides to fight fire with fire and begins life as a slob (hearkens back to the episode where people stopped bathing). Soon there is a sort of Laurel and Hardy I- can-do-more-to-you-than-you-can-do-to-me bit. Arriving abut this time is the inimitable Sidney Freedman. Potter has called him in because he fears he has lost it. There is a real lesson about our fundamental worth and productivity here. Well done.
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