Neurosurgery: Rejoining the Spinal Cord

Toronto's controversial Dr. Gordon Murray performed the first blue-baby operations and kidney transplants in Canada and says he built the first workable artificial kidney in North America. At one time, Dr. Murray claimed to have a serum that alleviated the suffering of breast-cancer victims, although its effectiveness was never proved. Last week, at 73, Dr. Murray reported that he had accomplished a feat that has eluded specialists in neurosurgery. He has, he said, successfully rejoined severed spinal cords in four of seven paralyzed patients.

Characteristically, Dr. Murray reported his work at a...

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