Medicine: German Measles Menace

German measles (rubella), as most adults know it, is a pipsqueak disease which produces only a rash and a mild fever. But if pregnant women catch it, it can give their unborn babies heart disease, cataracts, bad teeth or even make them deaf mutes or idiots. Many such children die in the first few weeks of life. These frightening facts, which have just begun to worry baby doctors, were thoroughly aired last week by Manhattan's Dr. Philip M. Stimson, speaking before the New York Academy of Medicine.

Nobody gave German measles a second thought until 1941, when N. M....

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