Medicine: Silk Cycle

As many a Chinese soldier knows, the Japanese shells that tore his body were made from U.S. scrap iron. Last week the circle was complete: silk that had gone from Japan to the U.S. was going to China, to be used as bandages. The silk, too, was a kind of scrap: old silk stockings.

For ten years Dermatologist Thomas W. Ross of Portland, Ore. has used silk stockings as emergency bandages to hold dressings in place. They were cool, comfortable, easy to apply and clean. A month ago he suggested that the women of the...

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