Medicine: Live-In Monkeys

Helpers for the handicapped

Even when they live at home, quadriplegics and other severely paralyzed people often must rely on the costly services of attendants to help them with simple everyday chores. Now a young researcher at Tufts-New England Medical Center thinks she has found a cheaper, possibly better way: just as guide dogs serve as eyes for the blind, says Psychologist Mary Joan Willard, 28, so small trained monkeys can act as hands, arms and legs for the handicapped.

Willard conceived her novel idea while doing postdoctoral work under famed Behaviorist B.F. Skinner, who has managed such unlikely feats of animal training...

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