Medicine: Mirage

An expectant tingling raced over thousands of shiny pates last year when Glasgow's Dr. John Kelvin, 53, reported that two patients had grown hair on their bald heads after taking tablets he had prescribed for cramps (TIME, Sept. 27, 1954)- Possible explanation for the growth: the drug (Roniacol) improved circulation of the scalp by its vasodilating (artery-widening) action. No one was more excited than a Manhattan businessman with a full head of hair: Lynn Robert Akers, 35, president of 21 Akers Hair and Scalp Clinics scattered throughout the U.S. He promptly flew to...

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