Medicine: Polio Vagaries

Infantile paralysis, 1948, last week kept up its bullying, unpredictable course: ¶There was a dip in new cases in North Carolina, hardest hit of all states. The board of health reported the lowest one-day polio incidence in two weeks, 27 cases. The epidemic, with more than 1,000 victims, might be waning. ¶The news from California was worse. Polio was officially labeled "epidemic" in Los Angeles County, where there had been 427 cases since the beginning of July. Total for the state: 803. ¶News from the country as a whole stayed bad: 1948 might set a new polio record....

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