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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 26, 1913, NOON EDITION, Image 10

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This last, and perhaps greatest of
all the high-miracles of modern sur
gery the qreation of a live, moving,
grasping hand out of a piece of flac
cid back-flesh, has just been perform
ed by Dr. Robert H. W. -Dawborn of
New York.
When he was a very little boy, Ray
mond's left hand was so badly burn
ed that the two outside fingers and
the thumb were drawn across the
palm and held tightly by contracted
tendons and tissue. The first and sec
ond fingers were almbst'rigid.
Today he has the free use of all
fingers and thumb and his grip is
rapidly growing' stronger. Dr. Daw
born says that eventually his-hand
will be as good as new. '
Here is how this w6nderful,opera
tion was performed:
Raymond was put under an anaes
thetic and the scar tissue was cut
away from the palm and fingers,
which were Jaid" out in natural posi
tion. The tendons were lengthened
by inserting new tissues in the palm.
Then a strip of flesh on the back,
slightly above the hip, was raised and
the hand was slipped under it This.
"flap was sewed to the palm, after
which the hand, arm and trunk were
bound with plaster bandanges.
In this position Raymond remained
for four weeks. Then the upper end
of the flesh flap was cut loose and
sewed to the edge of the palm. One
week later the hand and flap were
cuit from the back and the lower
edge of the flap was sewed to the
edge of the hand.
As soon as the stitching healed the
hand was practically reconstructed.
It stayed open without any tendency
to contraction. The fingers are al
ready nearly normal, and the grasp' Is
strong. In a year it & expected there
will hardly be even any scars to show
that a new hand was "manufactured"
for Raymond by a human carpenter.
o o .
To talk, and talk, and talk about
yourself andyour. belongings is very
tiresome for the people who listen.
Lastl.yeairwhen the time for his
i annual holiday came, Mr. Hounsall
retired with his wife and family to a
little farmhouse, where quiet and rest
seemed likely to be assured.
"lose-by, however, was a pig-sty,
a very piggy sty, the presence of
which was indicated unmistakably
under certain wind conditions. 'When
planning, therefore, to revisit the
farm again this year, Mr. Hounsall
wrote to the landlord, saying that he
would take the place once more, but
only on condition that, the piggery
was first attended to.
The farmer's reply was concise
and to the point: ,
"Can accommodate you easily
There have been no pigs on the place
since you left!"
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At the theater Mrs. Babbington,
suddenly missing her husband:
"Where is the light qf my life?" Mr.
Jenkins, sitting near: "Gone out!"

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