THE NETHERLANDS: De Wonderkapper

The village of Een (pop. 900) used to be just another quiet hamlet in the northern Netherlands. By last week Een had become a bustling mecca for 1,500 once desperate, now hopeful people. Bicycles were stacked up against a lilac tree in the village; cars from every Dutch province thronged the narrow main road. Rich or poor, they all came to be treated by Een's Wonderkapper (miracle barber), who grows hair on bald heads.

Een's famous barber is Marinus van Rooijen, 49, who attributes his success to a secret fluid. His first patient was a young farmer named Klaas Tolner,...

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