Medicine: Seeded Skin

For repair of large burns or wounds surgeons often resort to skin grafts, which occasionally do not take, which usually look ugly. Last week the University of Cincinnati announced perfection of a substitute technique. Dr. Louis George Hermann, assistant professor of surgery, sprinkles flakes of chopped skin upon raw wounds. The skin cells take root, seedlike, in the moist raw surface, absorb nutriment, proliferate. In a short time the islands of growing skin touch each other, merge and make a sightly new skin. Dr. Hermann finds that which way the skin flakes fall...

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