Medicine: For Longer Legs

Even when a child escapes the worst ravages of polio, he is sometimes left with one leg shorter than the other. Surgeons have long sought some sure method for evening up such legs. The most popular practice has been to arrest growth of the normal leg with staples (TIME, Feb. 7, 1949) until the shortened one has a chance to catch up. This method has been highly successful, but many parents will not permit it ("My child already has one bad leg; for heaven's sake, don't tamper with his good one").

Last week Dr. Charles N. Pease of Chicago's Children's Memorial...

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