Medicine: Life in a Mining Town

Can a U.S. coal miner and his family expect to be healthy? Into drab soft-coal towns all over the country, from Virginia to Montana, five teams of Navy doctors and their helpers last summer went to find out—the first such medical study in the nation's history. Last week the doctors brought in their report: a majority of U.S. mining towns are "a menace to healthful living"; some are "a disgrace to the nation."

The survey, set up by last year's pact between Secretary of Interior Julius A. Krug and the miners' John L. Lewis,...

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