Medicine: The White Death

Europe's most prevalent symptom is a racking cough. Its undernourished people, though spared (thanks to UNRRA and private relief) from the dramatic pestilences that usually follow war, are succumbing by thousands to the insidious white plague of tuberculosis. Last week an Associated Press survey in Europe confirmed what many doctors have feared: T.B., on the rise for the first time in a century, is now Europe's No. 1 killer.*

Worst plague spots:

¶ Germany, which before Hitler had one of the world's lowest T.B. rates and now has one of the highest. Each week there are 400 new T.B. cases and 150...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!