There is a well-known story about the Chazon Ish, where someone who was scheduled to undergo a neurosurgical procedure came to him for advice, and the Chazon Ish drew a diagram for the surgeon indicating how the surgery should be performed. A few years ago I saw a copy of the diagram in a certain sefer, but can no longer remember where. Anyone know where it could be?

(If we find it, the next question will be who can interpret it!)



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    Thanks! For those who are interested, here's a direct link to the reproduction of the diagram in Yeshurun: hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=21194&pgnum=504 – Dave Aug 16 '10 at 13:43
  • The diagram in the artscroll biography is very different and was of the brain. – Yahu Aug 16 '10 at 17:21
  • I think that one was also supposed to be the brain. Are you sure the one in Artscroll is different? – Dave Aug 16 '10 at 17:53
  • If you have access to it, could you scan and upload? – Dave Aug 16 '10 at 17:54
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    I do not have access to the Artscroll biography at the present, but I clearly remember that the sketches were a series of circle diagrams mapping the procedure to remove a brain tumor. They looked quite different than this one but it could be artscroll just printed part of the diagrams, such as the map for getting to the tumor but not the actual brain structure itself. – Yahu Aug 16 '10 at 18:01

It appears in the Artscroll biography (or hagiography) of the Chazon Ish. I know the widow and children of the man (who was a bochur at the time) who had the brain tumor and required the operation.

A surgery sketch is mentioned in the newly translated biography of Rav Shach (in the 500's), not as a "Daas Torah" plug, but rather matter-of-factly, that the Chazon Ish entrusted sketches of organs for a surgery to Rav Shach to deliver to the Brisker Rav. Based on the sketch in Yeshurun it is possible that there is more than one instance in which the Chazon Ish provided sketches for surgeries.


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