World Notes Britain: Keeping a Pinky In

Keeping a Pinky In

Britain's "Iron Lady" was on the mend last week. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher underwent an hourlong operation on her right hand to correct Dupuytren's contracture, a condition in which her pinky was drawn toward the palm. If left untreated, the ailment can cause deformity and loss of use of the hand.

Thatcher, who had surgery for a detached retina in 1983, remains in vigorous overall health. Within hours of the operation she was studying government papers. Said one aide: "Anyone who thinks she'll cut down her work load doesn't know Margaret Thatcher."

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