Medicine: Polio Panic

As inevitably as warm weather breeds poliomyelitis, polio breeds panic. This year's epidemic, now nearing its peak, is bad—50% greater than last year—and worst since 1934 (latest federal statistics); San Antonio, Denver and Minneapolis have been especially hard hit. But the U.S. Public Health Service has pointed out that the cases (2,596 so far) are scattered, and that the epidemic seems unlikely to take on menacing proportions.

Health authorities, faced with demands to "DO something," have outdone previous efforts to exorcise the disease. Latest efforts: dusting cities with DDT from planes, draining of swamps and pools, street cleanups, etc.

Such antics were dismissed...

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