Medicine: Isografts

A Portland, Ore. boy of 9 and a girl of 7 stripped naked last week to show a group of local doctors how new treatments for burns had saved their lives. Immediately after their accidents, both had been bathed in tannic acid and silver nitrate. This treatment, which Portland's Plastic Surgeon Adalbert G. Bettman invented (TIME, March 18, 1935), "leatherized'' the burned areas and enabled healing to start.

When the leatherized skin tore, as occasionally happens, Dr. Bettman resorted to isografts. These are razor thin strips of skin (taken from a donor whose blood...

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