Medicine: The Law Was Blind

The tall, mustachioed surgeon, Professor Cesare Galeazzi, took the bandages off the boy's eyes and asked: "Can you see my hand?" "Yes," replied Angelo Colagrande, 12. "How many fingers am I holding up?" the doctor asked. "Three." Thus, in a Milan hospital last week, ended the second act in a medical drama that thrilled all Italy.

Dr. Galeazzi had given Angelo a corneal transplant—an operation illegal in Italy. The surgery appeared to be a success, though it would be another month before Dr. Galeazzi could be fairly certain that the boy, blinded by quicklime...

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