Surgery: Bone Saw

Down through the ages, surgeons have used hammer and chisel, a variety of butchers' saws, and something like poultry shears whenever their work has forced them to tackle the difficult job of cutting through bone. Small wonder that they have been dubbed "sawbones," or that they have always hated the unpleasant word. And it was small wonder last week, when 2,500 sawbones swarmed into Miami Beach for the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, that what interested them most was a new and versatile drill saw that promised to ease their bone-sawing work even if it...

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