Chapter 17 Summary

The Soldier in White

Yossarian is determined to remain in the hospital rather than fly a thirty-third mission; ten days later he changes his mind and comes out—only to find that the colonel has raised the number to forty-five.

Again Yossarian returns to the hospital, determined not to fly any more than his thirty-eight missions. He is free to escape to the hospital at any time because of his liver condition; he says he has one and the doctors are ashamed they cannot fix it.

Being in the hospital is easy for Yossarian; the death rate is higher outside the hospital than inside it, and the deaths outside are much uglier. Not everything inside the hospital is easy or convenient,...

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