Medicine: Toes to Fingers

To any active boy a broken arm is bad enough, but when Terry McNamara broke his right arm he was completely disabled. He had been born with no fingers on his left hand—"nothing but little buttons." in the words of Patrick Clarkson, one of Britain's ranking plastic surgeons. But the broken arm proved to be a good thing for Terry in the long run: his mother, who runs a fruit stand in the grubby Elephant & Castle area of South London, took him to Guy's Hospital. There. Surgeon Clarkson saw him and got an...

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