GUATEMALA: Graft Expert

Guatemalan doctors liked Salvatore Lanza at first. A slender, high-strung Italian in his middle 30s, he was loaded with Old World charm. From his voluble talk, it appeared that he was a devoted scientist and surgeon, educated at European universities. About his specialty, plastic surgery, he seemed to know all there was to know. Since plastic surgery is a virgin field in Guatemala, several doctors gratefully accepted his services as a consultant.

Lanza made friends outside medical circles, too. Within a few months after his arrival in Guatemala in mid-1950, he and his personable Italian wife had struck up a...

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