Medicine: Stiles's Hand

The latest news on artificial limbs came from an unusual quarter. Boon Stiles, 38, a veteran of the Casablanca landing, landed in San Quentin in 1944 for writing a bad check for $54. There he took up his old hobby—making artificial limbs.

When the Warden heard about Prisoner Stiles's leisure-time project, he sent some Stiles drawings to nearby Mare Island naval base. The Navy offered tools and materials, later supplied a human guinea pig: 25-year-old Lieut. Howard Pollack, who had lost his right arm in the South Pacific campaign. Stiles, with Lieut. Pollack's cooperation, eventually developed an artificial hand which he claimed...

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