Medicine: Healthmobiles

New York City exercised ingenuity last week in diphtheria prevention work. At the suggestion of its Diphtheria Prevention Commission (Morgan Partner Thomas William Lament, president), Health Commissioner Shirley W. Wynne borrowed a half-dozen trucks from the street cleaning department, cleaned them, placarded them with warnings against diphtheria, and advice to use toxin-antitoxins. Aboard each car he loaded a doctor, two nurses and a refrigerator full of toxin-antitoxin. Then these "healthmobiles" rolled forth among the city's millions like itinerant waffle carts. Spectacular, convenient, they "sold" the idea of preparing in July for winter's diphtheria, administered great numbers of immunizing doses, all gratis.


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