Medicine: Leg-Puller

From sheer whimsicality, the mythical Greek giant Procrustes stretched short men out to fit a long bed. Eight years ago, Los Angeles' Dr. Alvia Brockway decided to try a scientific Procrustean operation on his patients, who, cured of infantile paralysis or tuberculosis of the hip, hobbled about with one leg shorter than the other. Last week he announced in California and Western Medicine that of 75 operations performed in the Orthopaedic Hospital, 90% were successful.

Said Dr. Brockway, who has scientifically pulled more legs than any other physician in the world: "I have...

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