Medicine: Pillow Talk

Ever since U.S. hospital authorities learned, to their horror, that dangerous, penicillin-resistant strains of Staphylococcus bacteria were floating merrily in supposedly sterile hospital corridors, no nook or cranny has escaped attention from sanitation experts. Faulty air-conditioning systems, surgical masks, dirty mopheads and bedside water carafes have been implicated as germ carriers. In a speech to last week's American Public Health Association conference in San Francisco, Dr. Howard E. Lind of Brookline, Mass. proposed another target for bug hunters: the pillows on patients' beds.

At Brookline's Brooks Hospital, Dr. Lind examined feathers...

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