Medicine: Epidemic & Hysteria

The North Carolina-Virginia epidemic of infantile paralysis last week threatened to stir up an epidemic of hysteria. Dr. Martha Edith MacBride-Dexter, Pennsylvania's Secretary of Health, persuaded Governor Earle to persuade Secretary of War Dern to forbid the mobilization of Virginia and District of Columbia National Guardsmen for summer maneuvers in Pennsylvania. Virginia and District of Columbia troops therefore played war in their own backyards.

Surgeon General Hugh Smith Cumming of the U. S. Public Health Service braced himself against hysteria, cried: "In more than one area this year physicians have been reporting as...

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