Medicine: Patching

Among topics discussed at the Southern Medical Association, which met in Oklahoma City last week, were three interesting means of patching damaged human bodies:

Fingers-from Toes. Dr. Herbert van Heekeren Thatcher of Portland, Ore., told his colleagues how he mends severed finger tendons without impairing the grasping function of the hand. First he slips a stainless steel rod, three-sevenths of an inch in diameter and curved to fit the natural bend of the finger, into the narrow sheath which encloses the torn tendon.

After three weeks he cuts a section of tendon from...

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