Medicine: Blood Glue

The skin-grafting operation was a bloody business. Each new stitch to hold the big skin-patch in place added to the bleeding and decreased the chances of a take—oozing blood may keep a graft from sticking. A masked woman by the table, Belgian-born Dr. Machteld E. Sano, was thinking fast as she watched the needle. And she got an idea: why not "glue" a graft in place with such animal-chemical substances as are used in tissue culture (TIME, June 13, 1938), such stuff as keeps bits of chicken heart and other organs alive outside the...

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