Medicine: Glued Nerves

A possible solution to the military surgeon's problem of regenerating severed nerves was suggested last week by Dr. Nilson de Rezende of Rio de Janeiro in the New York State Journal of Medicine. His method: transplantation of nerves from cadavers, and the use of glue instead of stitches to hold the grafts in place. Destruction of sections of the peripheral nerves (those near the surface of the skin) is rare in civil life, says Dr. de Rezende, but it occurred in 3,500 of the 200,000 U.S. casualties in World War I.

During the last 50 years doctors have found it almost impossible...