Medicine: Toe Into Finger

In the Annals of Surgery last week, Drs. Vilray Papin Blair and Louis T. Byars of St. Louis, Mo. told how they made a finger out of a toe. The patient was a pretty two-year-old girl who had accidentally lost the top joint of the middle finger of her right hand. It was not easy.

First the doctors flexed the child's right knee, bound her forearm to her leg with adhesive tape and tied her hand over her foot. Then they cut her second toe two-thirds of the way around, so that it opened on a hinge of live tissue. Then they...

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