Medicine: For Mumps

The U.S. Public Health Service, busy searching for a cure for mumps, last week reported a dividend: a vaccine, highly successful in immunizing monkeys, and now being tested with human volunteers. The vaccine uses virus from mumps convalescents; the virus is first cultured in chick embryos, then killed by ether or ultraviolet irradiation.

For children, to whom mumps is ordinarily not serious, the vaccine would have little meaning. But to grownups, it was good news. Reasons:1)the mumps virus often attacks the sex glands of men & women, may cause sterility; 2) the aftermath...

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