Medicine: Tricky Enemy

In some form, poliomyelitis is probably one of the commonest diseases. Current medical opinion is that nearly everybody gets it, but usually in so mild a form that it seems to be only a sick headache, or a low fever, not unlike a cold. Millions of such cases are never recognized. The lucky victim, once his system has thrown off the virus, appears to be immune to further attacks.

In its severe form, polio or "infantile paralysis" is an uncommon disease. Last week, scare headlines reported that 1949 had already produced about 11,000 cases in the U.S.—a record total for so early...

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