Medicine: Help from Animal Cells?

The way Dr. Paul Niehans, a stony-faced, ramrod-straight Swiss physician told it, his theory and practice of "cellular therapy" sounded plausible enough. Thirty years ago he had begun transplanting parts of animals (glands, and organs such as liver and kidneys) into human beings to correct dwarfism, tetany,* and other disorders resulting from underactive glands. But in 1931 he was confronted with a woman dying of tetany and too weak for the operation. So Niehans injected a mass of cells from the parathyroid gland of a freshly slaughtered calf.

"She is still alive today," Niehans last week told a twelve-nation conference of physicians...

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