Surgery: Fingers from the Dead

Faced with a person who has lost a finger in an accident, most surgeons do little more than sew up the stump —though in some cases they may transplant one of the patient's own fingers, especially to replace a thumb. Russia's Dr. Viktor Kalnberz goes much further:

he sews on a finger taken from a cadaver. In this way, he says, he has restored a remarkable degree of utility to the damaged hands of five patients.

At Riga's Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedics, Kalnberz has collected a bank of dead men's fingers, trimmed the skin and soft tissues, refrigerated the remaining...

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