Medicine: Thinking Small

Scratch a surgeon and you will find a man sublimely confident that his fine needlework would put any seamstress to shame. But last week in San Francisco, many a needle-proud member of the American College of Surgeons took a microscopic look at his own handiwork and had to admit that there might be room for improvement.

The setting was a scientific exhibit put on by a University of Vermont surgical team headed by Dr. Julius H. Jacobson

II. Surgeon Jacobson, who began his medical career as a physiologist, was operating on dogs to produce a condition like human arterial disease when he found...

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