Medicine: Pigeons and Women

Last week two Johns Hopkins surgeons told how a bit of bird lore inspired a useful medical discovery. A Boston colleague, two summers ago, told them that when pigeons drain calcium from their bones to make eggshells, their legs and wings grow soft, spongy. But a stiff dose of female sex hormones toughens them up again. Drs. Ralph Gorman Hills and James Arthur Weinberg were so struck with this news that they went right out and tried female hormones on women whose bones were broken and did not knit. Last week, in the Bulletin...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!