Medicine: Sawbones Get Together

At Detroit's Mt. Carmel Hospital, surgeons crowded around operating tables for the show. One of them deftly slit open a patient's abdomen and explored the cavity. In an outburst of surgeon's humor, a colleague boomed: "Now watch him botch it; never fails to mess it up when he tries to show off." (But the operation, a clinic demonstration, was a success.) Amid such scenes, sawbones of 16 nations got together last week for their first international meeting since before the war.

The 1,000 members of the International College of Surgeons assured each other that surgery had made great strides since they had...

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