Medicine: As Plain As . . .

British Author William Gerhardi once won the favor of a lady by telling the tale of a man who: 1) sliced off his nose while shaving; 2) dropped the razor, which cut off his big toe; 3) in his confusion switched the severed parts, so that ever afterward, whenever he blew his nose, his shoe flew off.

In Rio de Janeiro, 36-year-old José Lourival de Santana had no such luck. José's nose had been neatly amputated by a burglar's well-aimed razor slash. He was rushed to a hospital. A tidy policeman dropped the nose into a garbage can. Young Dr. Paulo Marques...

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