Medicine: Eve's Hair

One day recently four men with head wounds were brought to a British Army hospital in France; they could not be operated on for lack of needles & thread fine enough to stitch severed nerves together. Lieut. William Such, who used to repair miniature watches for a living, soon contrived the needles, but a thread substitute was something else again. The hair of all the nurses except one was found too fine—and that one was a blonde (black hair, easy to see, had to be used in so delicate an operation).

"It looked as if we were up against it," wrote Lieut....

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