Medicine: Slow Down

A child may have one leg shorter than the other because of injury, disease, or accident of growth. Whatever the cause, the cure has puzzled surgeons. They have tried various methods of evening up the legs—from shortening the long leg to lengthening the short one. Recently doctors have been trying to slow, without entirely stopping, the growth of the longer leg. But the timing is tricky and the methods have been clumsy.

One day last week, Milwaukee's Dr. Walter P. Blount told the 16th annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons about a new method of treating lame children....

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