Medicine: Electric Knife

The inventor of a brand new way of operating on the gall bladder and the bowels with no risk of peritonitis is Dr. Lester Ray Whitaker of Boston. Last week Dr. Whitaker was in Manhattan telling the Academy of Physical Medicine of his latest surgical trick. For both operations he uses hot electric knives which sever, sear and sterilize.

As his electric knife cuts through the bowel it shrivels the severed ends, leaving them looking like the puckered ends of sausages. Thus no infectious intestinal material can leak into the peritoneum. After Dr. Whitaker...

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