Medicine: Dead Men's Eyes

In Russia, where physicians developed the art of preserving the blood of accident victims in order to build up a reserve or "blood bank" for transfusions,*eye specialists who pioneered in the art of transplanting new corneas to the eyes of the blind have recently established "cornea banks," by removing the corneas of dead people for use in transplanting operations.

In San Francisco last week Dr. Martin Icove Green, 39, surgeon of a busy eye hospital, wishing to emulate the Russian example, asked—with considerable circumspection—for authority to take corneas from the eyes of...

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