Medicine: Young Ladies of Japan

In Manhattan's Mt. Sinai Hospital last week, plastic surgeons removed the dressings from the face of a 23-year-old Japanese girl named Shigeko Niimoto and noted with satisfaction that her extensive skin graft had been an almost perfect take. The contours of the girl's face were almost normal again.

In other Mt. Sinai rooms and in a dozen Quaker households near Manhattan, 24 other young Japanese women were waiting their turn to undergo plastic surgery, some for the second or third time. They all had one thing in common: ten years ago they were on...

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