Face Transplants for the "Socially Crippled"

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Dec. 19 2008 9:07 AM

Face Transplants for the "Socially Crippled"

From yesterday's piece:

Don't look now, but a woman in Ohio has a new face . And the world has a new kind of medicine: socially necessary surgery.

The operation, announced yesterday at the Cleveland Clinic, was a face transplant from a corpse. ... Doctors replaced 77 square inches of the patient's face, from her eyelids to her chin.

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Will Saletan writes about politics, science, technology, and other stuff for Slate. He’s the author of Bearing Right.

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