Medicine: Artery Bridge

"When the Canadian was brought in, his artery was severed by a bullet and his leg and foot were cold and white. We slipped in a glass tube. . . . The blood started to flow and the foot got warm and pink." Thus, in the antiseptic gloom of a casualty clearing station in Belgium, 30-year-old Major William Thornton Mustard last week described a new surgical trick which he hopes will borrow time for many a war-mangled limb, many a life.

This battle-born first-aid treatment (which Major Mustard says has been previously demonstrated on animals, but never before on human beings): a...

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