Medicine: Jaundice Rampage

From Army camps and hospitals for the past three months have come rumors of a mysterious epidemic of jaundice. (One rumor: 1,500 jaundiced men in famed Walter Reed Hospital.) Last week War Secretary Henry Stimson was ready to talk. Jaundice had indeed attacked the armed forces. There have been 62 deaths, 28,585 hospital cases—4,528 of them overseas. Mr. Stimson hastily added that the disease is not contagious nor dangerous to the civil population. He could not say definitely what the disease is nor what causes it. (Jaundice, usually thought of as a disease, is really a symptom—coloration of the skin by...

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