Medicine: Blood Foam and Film

To the 1,200-odd medical magazines now in existence, a new one was added last week: the Journal of Neurosurgery. It brought news of two new medical materials, fibrin foam and fibrin film. They are made from human blood. For six months, Drs. Franc Douglas Ingraham and Orville Taylor Bailey of Boston have used them to stanch oozing blood and replace lost tissue in brain operations.

Gist of the doctors' enthusiastic report:

Fibrin Foam is made of blood fibrinogen. It has a spongy consistency. Soaked before using in a solution of thrombin, it becomes fibrin, the...

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