Medicine: A Little Learning

About half of U.S. college students believe that whisky will "kill" a fever, and one-third think that an expectant mother can cultivate musical talent in her unborn child by listening to symphonies. One student in three believes that chiropractors are just as competent as physicians, and a smaller group thinks that fish is a "brain food." So says New York University's Dr. H. Frederick Kilander, author of the standard Kilander Health Knowledge Tests, who has been charting the progress of general health education in the U.S. since 1936.

Last week, Dr. Kilander told the...

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