Medicine: Steel Knuckles

A barber with stiff fingers is a barber without a job; so Barber William D. was desperate when his hands—particularly his overworked right hand—became crippled by arthritis. Last week William D., 52, could again hold his scissors, and was working on a light schedule in an Iowa city. In place of the diseased bone in the middle joints of his right fingers were stainless steel hinges.

The barber's case was one of the most successful among 25 patients in whom Orthopedic Surgeon Adrian E. Flatt has installed a total of 92 steel joints at...

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