Medicine: Puerperal Vaccine

Of puerperal (childbed) fever caused by Streptococcus haemolyticus more than 3,000 U. S. women die every year. Although sulfanilamide has miraculously cured thousands of puerperal infections, physicians have long sought an equally sure preventive, for most survivors of this ravaging fever are left weakened for life, or mutilated by necessary operations.

Last week Professor Jacob Bernard Bernstine and Dr. George Willis Bland of Philadelphia's Jefferson Medical College announced the development of just such a preventive.

Several years ago, with Dr. Ralph Edward Otten, Dr. Bernstine prepared a vaccine from germs found in the...

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