Medicine: The Nail

When the Russians entered Vienna last year, a party of Red Army surgeons stomped into the Hospital for Accidents. "Where is Bohler?" they demanded. "We want the nail." Dr. Lorenz Bohler, one of the best orthopedic surgeons in Europe was away—in a French prison camp. But the Russians got "the nail." By last week most of the rest of Europe had it too. The nail,* which Austrian Surgeon Bohler had used with wide success, is a remarkable device for mending broken bones, especially broken thighbones.

Not to be confused with more conventional metal splints which are attached outside, the nail is...

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