Medicine: Safe on Ice

Freezing the body kills a man. But freezing a gangrenous leg may save a man's life. When this discovery was first announced five years ago—by Drs. Lyman W. Grossman and Frederick M. Allen of New York City—many a medico was shocked. But the two doctors persisted in their chilling experiments. Last week they reported progress in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Certain organisms can stand intense cold; some survive temperatures of —272° Centigrade. Cold is a preservative and an anesthetic; it slows metabolism, kills pain, halts the spread of infection. Grossman & Allen found that when they packed a gangrenous...

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