Medicine: New Wonder Drug

The wonder drug, sulfanilamide, has cured apparently hopeless streptococcus infections, but it has also caused many a headache, and worse—nausea, dizziness, fever, even mild, temporary forms of insanity. For some patients, sulfanilamide is plain poison.

Last week it looked as though the problem of sulfa poisoning was solved. Dr. Perrin Long of Johns Hopkins reported a new, innocuous relative of sulfanilamide: sulfadiazine. A compound of sulfanilamide and part of vitamin B, the new drug, which is swallowed with water or injected, turns the same trick sulfanilamide does, plays no tricks on the patient....

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