Medicine: Surgery Made Plain

A small bright star at the American College of Surgeons' Clinical Congress in Chicago last week was tiny, twinkling, 77-year-old Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen. She twinkled over a two-foot, mangerlike box. With this box and a kit of surgeon's tools, she ran a surgical kindergarten, showed scores of women doctors how a Caesarean operation is done.

The box represented a woman's abdomen. Inside, homemade in pink and red, were models of all the organs involved in childbirth. The pelvic cavity was an oval fruit basket. The walls of the box, as well as the pelvis, were covered with pink silk, imitating the...

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