Medicine: Merciful Mask

Beer, champagne, tight abdominal belts, cotton earplugs soaked in a cocaine substitute, small doses of nitroglycerin, sodium nitrite, bromides, are all things that are recommended by travelers for seasickness.

None of them, however, affords certain relief, and the cause & cure of seasickness remain one of medicine's minor mysteries.

Last week as the British liner Lady Nelson docked in Boston, pier visitors were amazed to see a ship's officer standing on deck, a large rubber muzzle covering his nose, a large rubber doughnut surrounding his mouth, a limp rubber bag hanging on his chest. It was Dr. Richmond Goulden, ship's surgeon, who was...

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