Medicine: The Surgeons of Leningrad

Professor N. Blinoff of the Leningrad Postgraduate Institute did not know that his beleaguered city would soon be free (TIME, Feb. 1) when he cabled to Britain a description of care of the sick and wounded during 17 months of siege. So his account, printed in the British Medical Journal, is only a fragmentary outline of a historic chapter of medical improvisation.

In the early stages of attack (September 1941), when the population (some 3,000,000) was tripled by an influx of soldiers and civilians from outlying districts, shells and bombs caused many civilian casualties. At the same time wounded soldiers began to...

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