Medicine: Prisoner Guinea Pigs

In Trenton last week, 79 New Jersey convicts received beribboned service certificates from the U.S. Army. Their service : letting themselves be inoculated with dengue and sand-fly fever so that Army doctors could try to find preventives and treatments for these diseases, which have already been a problem in Hawaii, North Africa, Sicily and Italy, and will be more of one when large numbers of U.S. troops are involved in the Pacific and China-Burma-India theaters.

Working on the experiments is Major Albert Bruce Sabin, Rockefeller Institute and University of Cincinnati researcher on poliomyelitis and other viruses. With a satchelful of serum, flies,...